BECAUSE of the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila, the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) is adjusting visiting hours to Rizal Park and Paco Park, but the parks will remain open.

Starting Mar. 19 until further notice, both parks are limiting their operating hours to 6 to 10 a.m. They will only be open to park goers ages 18 to 65 who are engaging in physical exercise.

In accordance with the guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Department of Tourism, visitors must wear their face masks and face shields to be permitted entry inside the park premises. These personal protective equipment may only be removed during intense physical exercise and if able to maintain a distance of six feet from others. Park goers are encouraged to download and register with the StaySafe.PH mobile application to enable contactless contact tracing prior to entry to the two parks.

All would-be park goers are reminded to refrain from going to the park if they are feeling unwell, exhibit signs and symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (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 are also present on-site to assist park-goers if they begin to feel unwell within the premises.