Rizal Memorial, Philsports Complex in lockdown after staff tests positive for COVID-19

Published August 12, 2020, 11:18 AM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

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Facade of Rizal Memorial Coliseum (MB Photo / Ali Vicoy)

Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez and Commissioners Mon Fernandez and Charles Maxey are reportedly safe and healthy after they were caught in a venue lockdown on Wednesday.

The three sports officials are residing at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City, one of two sports venues that were ordered in a complete lockdown after a staff tested positive of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The other venue was the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.

The staff, who was roaming around the two venues as part of the job, was reportedly asymptomatic prior to the recent round of RT-PCR testing.

Ramirez announced the lockdown advisory to all concerned personnel on the agency’s social media accounts.

It will be applied until further notice.

“This is part of the agency’s health security protocol… We ask for your kind understanding and cooperation,” said Ramirez.

Thankfully, no athletes or coaches are affected as all of them have been sent home to their provinces.

Some employees who had direct contact with the said staff were also advised to practice self-quarantine as part of protocol.

At the moment, both venues are still being used as temporary medical facilities for coronavirus patients.

As of Monday, Rizal Memorial Stadium has 91 patients, Ninoy Aquino Stadium with 75 and Philsports with 81.