Sharing of sports equipment is still prohibited so  make sure to keep your own weights to yourself

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo by Shawn Henry/Unsplash

President Rodigo Duterte announced in a nationwide address on Wednesday July 1 that Metro Manila and Cebu City will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) and enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), respectively.

For fitness enthusiasts or even those that are tired of lying down on their sofas, sports is here to save you. As the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) puts it: “GCQ regions can now play the sports they love again.” The IATF says running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian and skateboarding are now allowed for areas under GCQ and moderate general community quarantine (MGCQ). Meanwhile for Cebu City, outdoor activities are still prohibited.


According to the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), Rizal Park (popularly known as Luneta Park) already had a soft opening on Wednesday for visitors. The park, which operates under GCQ now,  allows citizens to exercise from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Citizens under GCQ and MGCQ are required to follow the minimum public health standards specifically wearing a mask and practice social distancing. Sharing of sports equipment is still prohibited. 

Gyms and fitness studios have also been permitted to operate under MGCQ and GCQ but only limited to 50 percent of the venue’s capacity. Mass gatherings like sports events are allowed  in GCQ and MGCQ as well but just like gyms and fitness studios, only limited to 50 percent of the seating capacity is allowed.