Sport Singapore to close all outdoor and non-air conditioned facilities if 24-hour PSI goes above 200

Signages put up at Bedok Swimming Complex notifying the public about temporary pool closure due to the haze. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - National sports agency Sport Singapore said in a press statement on Friday that it will close all its outdoor and non air-conditioned indoor sports facilities when 24-hr PSI level hits above 200.

However, air-conditioned sports halls and gyms will continue to be open to public during this period.

Sport Singapore added that it will assess and re-open these sports facilities when the conditions improve, and that it "(seeks) the public's kind understanding" and encouraged the public to take necessary health precautions.

The statement also said: "The health impact of haze is dependent on one's health status... the PSI level, and the duration and intensity of outdoor activity.

"Reducing outdoor activities and physical exertion can help limit the ill effects from haze exposure. Persons who are not feeling well, especially the elderly and children, and those with chronic heart or lung conditions, should seek medical attention."

The announcement comes after the worsening haze condition, which saw 24-hour PSI levels hit 223- 275 on Thursday night. It prompted the closure of all primary and secondary schools - the first time Singapore's schools are being closed due to the haze.

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