The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has prohibited outdoor exercise for the remainder of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The order was released on Monday afternoon through MMDA Resolution No. 21-17, series of 2021, signed by the 17 NCR mayors and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr.
“It is hereby resolved that the MMC prohibits outdoor exercise in NCR during the ECQ until 20 August 2021 through the local government units of Metro Manila,” the resolution read.
The decision was made after the “steady rise” in the number of Covid-19 cases, including confirmed cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus in the region.
While the MMC recognizes the need for exercise – especially to promote and maintain physical, mental, and emotional health – staying at home is necessary to stem the current rise in Covid-19 cases.
“The Council is also mindful of the fact that staying at home or remaining indoor is one of the best protection against the pandemic during the ECQ,” the resolution read.