UP Diliman’s Academic Oval reopens on Feb. 15

Published February 14, 2021, 11:05 AM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

After celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend, you can start your week active and fit by taking a stroll, a jog, or a bike ride around the Academic Oval of the University of the Philippines in Diliman Quezon City.

(Photo courtesy of Nowehre to Go But UP Facebook)

This is because the university will reopen its academic oval to the public on Monday, Feb. 15, after it was closed last month as precautionary measures against the spread of the new COVID-19 variant.

A popular jogging and and biking site, the oval was supposed to be reopened to the public on February 5 after it was closed last January 23, but the UPD administration has extended the temporary closure.

“As we are poised to reopen the Academic Oval on February 15, 2021, we would like to remind everyone that the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) campus with its wide, open and green spaces, is first an academic institution,” the UPD said in an advisory.

“The UPD Administration however is in support of the public’s need for open spaces for their mental and physical well-being. It is also serious in its implementation and observance of health protocols within campus grounds,” it added.

With this, the university urged visitors to properly wear face masks and face shields at all times, carry alcohol or sanitizers, observe physical distancing of at least one meter, and observe the “No Eating, No Loitering” policies on public grounds.

If in a group, no more than 10 persons will be allowed, while individuals aged 15 to 65 may use the Academic Oval and other open spaces, provided that they do not belong to the vulnerable group or those with co-morbidity.

“We have asked the support of the Barangay UP Campus COVID-19 Task Force to help us monitor compliance with minimum health protocols,” the UPD said.