What can we expect during MECQ?

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The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) confirms that NCR and its nearby provinces will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from August 21-31. As these areas transition to more lenient quarantine guidelines, let’s take a quick look at the previous rules on mobility and transportation that apply to the upcoming MECQ situation.

According to the transport and travel protocols set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) last March, public utility buses (PUBs) and public utility jeepneys (PUJs) can still operate under 50 percent capacity. Passengers are to observe the one-seat-apart rule.

In addition, entry of provincial buses with only authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) as passengers shall be allowed, provided that these are point-to-point trips.

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Those taking TNVS services should expect that only two passengers per row will be allowed with only one passenger allowed to sit on the driver’s row. The same can be said for company shuttle services.

Commuters taking trains can expect passenger capacity of only around 20 to 30 percent.

Travel by non-motorized means, such as bicycles, is allowed provided that the rider strictly observes physical distancing measures imposed by the Department of Health (DOH).

Moreover, only APOR identified by the IATF will be allowed to travel during the community quarantine.

Photos from DOTr's Facebook page

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