All indoor sport and physical activity classes and programs for youth ages 18 and under will be suspended and brought online today through June 13 as part of enhanced measures amid a spike in case of Covid-19 in the community, Sport Singapore announced yesterday.
All outdoor sports and physical activities will be limited to one coach and one student, while those 18 and under can continue to exercise in pairs. The national agency’s latest move is to “protect the well-being of children and young people” after a number of schoolchildren tested positive for Covid-19.
Before yesterday’s announcement, some academies and sports facilities had decided to halt their programs after stricter measures for phase two (heightened alert) were announced last Friday.
Optimum Badminton Academy owner Jeron Wong felt it was the best option given the dynamic situation. The 32-year-old has moved training sessions online, with pre-recorded videos and live coaching on video conferencing platforms. He said: “It’s a disastrous thing for academies like ours because everything is face to face. But you never know, in a few days there may be a tightening of measures.”
Bubbles Gymnastics, which caters to children aged 1 to 13, closed its indoor gymnasium at Turf Club Road on Monday. Recognizing that this was a great loss, gymnastics coach Foo Seck Ying, 40, said, “We are looking at the number of cases, and it involves a lot of children from different schools. kids from many different schools and we don’t want them to mix … we don’t want to form a cluster. “
While the New Century Table Tennis Academy at Katong Mall remains open, it expects revenues to be hit hard. About 80 percent of its income comes from training programs for children. Earlier measures had also affected business, as its adult customers struggled to play with masks.
Owner and Head Coach Zhu Mu, 37, said: “We hope it will be something similar to last year… We can stop all of these children’s classes for safety reasons, but… we hope that ‘rental relief will be given. that even without profits the loss will not be so great. “