Sporting events, tournaments now allowed under alert level 1

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ORGANIZED sporting events and tournaments are now permitted under Alert Level 1 provided they are accompanied by an approved special mayoral permit, said Mikee Aportadera, head of the Davao City Sports Division, on Monday, March 7, 2022.

Aportadera said individuals or groups wishing to host sporting events should coordinate with the city’s Sports Division to complete event proposal, planning and approval.

“If they intend to hold certain events or tournaments, they really need to go through our office, (and) the approval of the Public Security Bureau, because they would need a special permit from the mayor for that. “Aportadera told SunStar Davao on Monday. , March 27.

“Kapag for training or exercise purposes, wala’y problema, no need,” he added.

According to Aportadera, organizers must submit a proposal letter, a safety and security plan and other requirements to properly plan the event, especially the health security aspects. The proposal will then be sent to the Public Safety and Security Command Center and other relevant offices for approval.

Contact sports such as basketball, volleyball, football, among others, intended for recreation or exercise are also allowed in Alert Level 1.

Aportadera said minimum public health standards (MPHS) must be strictly followed with guidance from the 2021 Davao City Task Force 50 Series of Resolutions, “a resolution adopting the guidelines on the conduct of sports activities with and without contact in the city of Davao”.

As noted in the resolution, some restrictions include the ‘no vaccinations, no play’ policy, wearing face masks when not playing, maintaining safe social distancing within the facility during matches and not sharing personal equipment.

Outdoor areas are the recommended location and games held in air-conditioned spaces should have adequate ventilation. Barangay games can also be played in indoor courts owned or operated by the barangay, but street games are strictly prohibited.

Aportadera said a team from the city’s sports division will monitor compliance with the MPHS set by the state and local government when conducting sports activities.

According to Maribel Paguican, head of the Davao Business Bureau, appropriate penalties will be imposed for violations of established policies. “May offenses and may citation tickets na (pwede i-issue),” she said.

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