Public can resume booking school fields, indoor halls for sports during year-end holidays

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·2-min read
School field in Singapore (PHOTO: ActiveSG)
School field in Singapore (PHOTO: ActiveSG)

SINGAPORE — Members of the public will be able to resume booking and using school fields and indoor sports halls during the upcoming year-end school holidays.

Public use of school sports facilities under the Dual-Use Scheme (DUS) was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, in a joint media release on Wednesday (18 November), Sport Singapore (SportSG) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) said that the public will be able to book and use a total of 50 chargeable fields and 119 indoor sports halls in 135 primary and secondary schools from Saturday to 27 December.

Bookings can be made in advance through the ActiveSG app with immediate effect.

Public use of other DUS facilities, such as all free-to-play fields and courts not within the indoor sport halls, will remain suspended.

Safe management measures to be implemented

To minimise the risk of community transmission and ensure the safety of the public as well as school students and staff, SportSG will implement safe management measures in all reopened DUS facilities. This includes:

  • SafeEntry and temperature taking;

  • no intermingling and cross-playing between different groups;

  • mandatory for hirer to be present during the time of play;

  • maximum of five persons per badminton court (including an instructor or coach) can be admitted in indoor sports halls. However, only a maximum of four badminton players are allowed on each badminton court at any one time;

  • maximum of five persons per court are allowed at any one time for other sports in indoor sports halls;

  • maximum of 50 persons are allowed on each chargeable field, with three-metre distancing between groups of five.

Strong action against those who fail to comply with measures

Users can refer to SportSG’s advisory for the resumption of sport and physical exercise/activity for the detailed safe management measures to observe. A safe-distancing ambassador and a facility warden will be stationed at each facility to ensure that players observe the required measures.

In addition to the regular cleaning routine, all touch points within the facilities will be wiped down at the end of each day of public use. The facilities will also be thoroughly cleaned before the start of the school term in January 2021.

SportSG will take strong action against individuals who fail to comply with the safe-management measures, including barring them from the use of all DUS and ActiveSG facilities. Public use of the affected facilities may also be suspended as a result of such non-compliance.

Given the evolving COVID-19 situation, SportSG and MOE will jointly review the feasibility of extending public use of DUS facilities beyond 27 December and into 2021.

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