UP Diliman is set to conduct a two-week test run of managing its public spaces by opening the UP College of Science Oval to Brgy. UP Campus residents starting Tuesday, August 25. (Photo: UP Diliman)

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman is opening the College of Science (CS) Oval to residents of Barangay UP Campus for a two-week test run, starting Tuesday, August 25.

Opening the CS Oval is a way to test the University’s capacity to manage its open spaces, UP Diliman said in an advisory released on August 22.

While staying indoors remains to be the general rule on campus, residents may engage in some outdoor activities along the CS Oval following University protocols consistent with the guidelines of the national government’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

Only walking, jogging, running, yoga, stretching, and tai-chi will be allowed during the two-week trial period. Biking, eating, holding picnics, and loitering are prohibited.

Residents will be required to submit a health declaration form which can be filled out using their smart phones prior to entering the CS Oval. Those who wish to enter the CS Oval will also have to bring with them their IDs or any proof of residence, alcohol or hand sanitizers, face masks, and face shields.

Following IATF guidelines, the University will only allow a maximum of 200 individuals inside the area from 6:00 to 9:00 am and from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

University officials previously announced that they will review and re-calibrate UP Diliman’s pandemic strategies. Last week, UP Diliman opened its own community isolation facility, Silungang Molave, capable of accommodating 39 patients at a time.

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