Luneta, Paco Park shorten operating hours

Published March 19, 2021, 7:39 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) has adjusted the visiting hours to Rizal Park and Paco Park in Manila, which will now be open for physical exercise activities only.

In a statement, the NPDC said it would limit the operating hours at the two recreational spots to just four hours,  6 a.m. to 10 a.m. until further notice. The new schedule took effect Friday, March 19.

Both Rizal and Paco Parks will only be open to parkgoers aged 18 to 65 years old, for as long as they will engage in physical exercise, the committee added.

In line with the guidelines of the government’s pandemic task force and the Department of Tourism (DOT), the NPDC said that visitors must always wear their face masks and face shields to be allowed to enter the parks.

“These personal protective equipment may only be removed during intense physical exercise and if able to maintain a distance of six feet from others,” the committee said.
Parkgoers were also encouraged to download the StaySafe.PH app for contact tracing before entering either park.

Meanwhile, the NPDC reminded would-be parkgoers to refrain from going to the park if they are feeling unwell, exhibit signs and symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), or if they have come in close contact with a person who has tested positive for or is suspected to have COVID-19. 

Marshals will also be present on-site to assist parkgoers if they begin to feel unwell within the premises, the NPDC assured.

“The NPDC looks forward to the cooperation of the public so that it can continue to provide a safe space for parkgoers to exercise at Rizal Park and Paco Park,” it added.

The move resulted from the rising number of new COVID-19 cases in the country, particularly in Metro Manila.