/ 20 November 2020

THE UNIVERSITY of the Philippines-Diliman has once again opened to the public its Academic Oval, which is popular to joggers and those who want to exercise.

Starting November 7, the Oval is open twice daily — 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Anyone roaming or loitering around the Academic Oval after 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. will be asked to immediately leave the premises,” the university said.

The university reopened the 2.2-kilometer Oval to the public for de-stressing activities or exercises such as walking, jogging, running, yoga, stretching, and tai chi after almost eight months of closure.

Biking remains prohibited but bikers can use other roads in the campus for the meantime. Car owners who want to exercise may park their vehicles along Lakandula, TM Kalaw, Quirino, Delos Santos, Delos Reyes, and Magsaysay.

Those who wish to enter the campus are required to wear face mask and face shield.

“Physical distancing of two meters shall be observed at all times and will be enforced by the University’s security personnel,” the university said.

Individuals younger than 15 and over 65 will be denied entry to the Oval.

Group exercises are also limited to a maximum of 10 participants. Picnics are not allowed.