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Parks, public places in Clark to reopen

RE-OPENING. The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) will reopen parks, open spaces, bike paths, and other communal outdoor spaces but with strict compliance with the guidelines. CDC president and CEO Manuel R. Gaerlan said in a statement on Wednesday (Sept. 15) that the guidelines are based on previous issuances from the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF), Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusement Board, and the Department of Health. (Photo by CDC)

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) will reopen parks, open spaces, bike paths, and other communal outdoor spaces here effective Thursday but with strict compliance to guidelines.

CDC president and CEO Manuel R. Gaerlan said in a statement on Wednesday that the guidelines are based on previous issuances from the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF), Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusement Board, and the Department of Health (DOH).

Gaerlan said the move aims to minimize risk and ensure the safety of the general public in those areas of the Freeport.

Under the guidelines, only individuals aged 15 to 65 years old except those with comorbidities or are currently pregnant, are allowed to participate in outdoor exercises, non-contact sports, and recreational activities.

They must also bring their own trash home for proper disposal or throw it in the properly designated trash bins to keep Clark clean and green.

Standard safety protocols still remain such as wearing face masks, even while engaged in strenuous activities — except when eating, drinking, and catching one’s breath.

The CDC said that bikers, joggers, or visitors must not be grouped to more than three in order to maintain social distancing, except when they belong to one household.

Proof of residency will be required for those who will claim that they are living in the same household, it added.

In adherence to the safety protocols imposed by the NIATF, picnics, events without IATF approval, family gatherings, and similar activities are strictly prohibited in the Freeport.

Meanwhile, dog owners are only allowed to bring their pets to the K-9 cemetery, picnic grounds, side streets and residential areas.

The owners shall be responsible for putting their pets on a leash, keeping an eye on them, and picking up and disposing of their wastes properly to maintain cleanliness.

No pets, however, are allowed in Clark’s parade grounds. (PNA)

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