Is it permissible now to exercise without a mask?
Restrictions in business operations and personal mobility have eased to its most lenient after Metro Manila, Laguna, and 36 other areas shifted to Alert Level 1 beginning Tuesday, Mar. 1.
Since Alert Level 1 is considered the start of the “New Normal,” all establishments will be allowed to operate under 100% capacity—provided that health protocols such as wearing well-fitted face masks and physical distancing are strictly observed.
As per the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), contact and non-contact sports facilities, exercise venues, fitness studios, gyms, and fitness-related spots are subject to DTI sector-specific protocols before opening to the public.
Here are guidelines for exercise and sports activities allowed in areas under Alert Level 1:
In a Facebook post by the Quezon City LGU, non-fully-vaccinated adults, minors, and fully-vaccinated adults are allowed to participate in outdoor non-contact exercises such as jogging, biking, and zumba, among others. Face masks are not required.
Meanwhile, only minors and fully-vaccinated adults are permitted to participate in indoor non-contact sports where they’re allowed to remove their face masks.
Non-fully-vaccinated adults are also prohibited from joining contact indoor and outdoor sports activities.
Playing sports and exercising in indoor venues are allowed in San Juan, as long as ventilation standards are observed and masks are worn at all times. Meanwhile, participating in outdoor sports and exercises is permitted as long as physical distancing is maintained.
According to the Pasig City government, individuals 18 years old and above are required to present their vaccination cards in fitness studios, gyms, and other sports facilities.
City of Manila
People who are 18 years old and above are required to present their vaccination cards before entering fitness studios, gyms, and other venues for sports and exercise.
Las Piñas City
The Las Piñas City local government announced that gyms are allowed to operate under full capacity. Contact sports are allowed to operate as well, however, further guidelines about its sector-specific procedures are not mentioned.
The Valenzuela City local government announced that individuals 18 years and up are required to bring their vaccination cards to indoor fitness studios, gyms, and sports venues. Meanwhile, children below 18 are not required to present their proof of vaccination.
Fitness buffs who are 18 and up are permitted to work out in indoor fitness centers and sports venues but they must bring their proof of vaccination at all times. Individuals who are below 17 are not required. On the other hand, individuals who are not fully-vaccinated are only allowed to visit outdoor fitness sites.
As per Cavite governor Jonvic Remulla, gyms, fitness studios, and sports venues are allowed to operate under Alert Level 1 as long as health protocols are observed. Individuals 18 and above must present their vaccination cards upon entering.
Bacoor City, Cavite
Gyms in Bacoor City, Cavite are allowed to operate in full capacity, while individual outdoor exercises and contact sports are permitted under Alert Level 1.
Imus City, Cavite
Imus City Mayor Manny Maliksi announced that contact sports, gyms, and other fitness establishments are allowed to operate in full capacity—provided that the employees are fully vaccinated.
Fitness buffs are also required to wear their face masks, observe social distancing, and provide proof of vaccination.
Laguna governor Ramil Hernandez announced that gyms are permitted to operate under full capacity while contact sports will also be allowed.
San Pedro, Laguna
In a Facebook post, San Pedro Mayor Lourdes Cataquiz said gyms are permitted to operate in full capacity as long as on-site employees are fully-vaccinated.