Angono closes basketball courts, park to stop spread of coronavirus

Published July 8, 2020, 5:15 PM

by Nel Andrade

ANGONO, Rizal – Basketball courts are now the target of clearing operation by the municipal government as part of the strict health measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

A metal barrier and bamboo poles block the entrance to the Angono Lakeside Park in Angono, Rizal as move by the local government to prevent people from converging in the places like playgrounds and basketball courts where social distancing measures are often disregarded. (Photo from Facebook page of Angono Rizal News Online/Angono PIO/MANILA BULLETIN)

Playing hoops is still prohibited under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) which is the quarantine classification of this town and the entire province.

The office of Mayor Jeri Mae Calderon, in a post on Facebook, said the town’s Public Safety and Order/Civil Security Unit (PSO/CSU) has been doing the rounds of public basketball courts to remove the rim from the boards to discourage residents from playing basketball.

Elmer Deloritos, PSO head told Manila Bulletin his office has targeted all basketball courts in Barangay San Isidro in this municipality in the past three days of clearing operation after residents complained that there were those in the community who were ignoring health protocols especially those playing in public playgrounds.

Mayor Calderon has made wearing of face mask mandatory and warned parents against letting their children out of their homes.

The local government also temporarily closed Lakeside Park, a promenade and biking park by the Laguna De Bai to discourage people from converging in the area.

As of July 6, Angono has recorded 17 active cases of the 38 confirmed cases, 16 recoveries and five COVID-19 deaths.