Cainta shuts public basketball courts, playgrounds as part of health protocols

CAINTA,Rizal- With nine active cases recently added to the list of confirmed COVID-19 cases in this town, Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto has told Manila Bulletin that starting Tuesday (July 7), all public playgrounds in the entire town, including basketball courts, will remain closed to the public as part of the health measures being implemented in the municipality.

Local government personnel conducts misting and disinfection at an open-air basketball court in a subdivision in Cainta, Rizal, July 6, as seven new active cases are added to the list of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the municipality.

(Photo from FB page of Mayor Nieto/MANILA BULLETIN)

“Playgrounds will be closed for the meantime even if there is already an advise from the inter agency committee (national government's task force on COVID-19 response). Let us allow the number of active cases to decrease, then I will consider,” Mayor Nieto said in his message sent to Manila Bulletin.

Following the easing up of some restrictions when general community quarantine was implemented in the province, including other areas in Luzon and Metro Manila, joggers and fitness buffs were seen using public covered courts and open areas in their communities for their physical activities.

Nieto also said the town-wide cleaning, misting, and distribution of vitamins and pneumonia vaccines will continue, as part of their measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The mayor also announced on his Facebook page that the distribution of the town’s senior citizens' local pension will be door-to-door to discourage the elderly from going out of their homes.  Scheduled for the pension distribution on July 6 are the seniors of Barangays Sto. Nino, Sta. Rosa, San Roque, and Sto. Domingo.

As of July 5, Cainta has 67 active COVID-19 cases out of 206, the total number of confirmed cases.  Of the active cases, 17 persons are in the hospital while 50 are under home quarantine.