COVID-19: What exercises require face masks? SportSG answers

Staff Writer, Singapore
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SINGAPORE - APRIL 10:  People are seen jogging and cycling at a park on April 10, 2020 in Singapore. The Singapore government announced it will close open-air stadiums after people continued to disregard social-distancing rules by exercising in groups. The authority warned it will further tighten access to parks for non-compliance and urged park goers not to exercise, jog or cycle in groups to help prevent more coronavirus (COVID-19) clusters from emerging in the community.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
People jogging and cycling at a park in Singapore. (PHOTO: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Sport Singapore (SportSG) has issued a guide as to which sporting activities require the wearing of face masks during the current elevated safe distancing period to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a media advisory on Wednesday (15 April), the sports governing body said that the public can refer to the following table on mask wearing while exercising:

INFO: Sport Singapore
INFO: Sport Singapore

“Running, jogging, cycling and other similar activities are deemed strenuous that mask need not be donned,” SportSG said in the media advisory. “However, they should put on their masks after they complete their exercises.”

Alternatively, it advises Singaporeans to keep fit by doing exercises at home. There are online resources which offer access to virtual classes and events, as well as tips and advice on how to stay active at home.

The multi-ministry taskforce against the spread of COVID-19 had announced on Tuesday that it is mandatory to wear face masks for anyone (above the age of two) leaving home, including those exercising out of their homes.

First-time offenders will be issued composition offers of $300, and repeat offenders will face higher fines or prosecution in court for egregious cases.

For queries on sports and exercises, the public can email the Sport Singapore QSM at or call 1800-344-177 during office hours (Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm).

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