12 Health measures riders might have to live with under the ‘new normal’

Sharing helmets will not be allowed anymore, for instance
by Aris Ilagan | May 1, 2020
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Most health experts agree that the novel coronavirus will not completely disappear in the near future. We’ve already suffered a lot from its damning effects, and we should not stop applying preventive steps if we are really hell-bent on eliminating it.

As the world struggles to return to some semblance of normalcy, a new norm is in the offing so as not to repeat the costly mistakes and miscalculations we made while the pandemic was still in its early stages. They say that life will never be the same even after the lockdown is totally lifted, which means riders will need to take precautionary health measures seriously.

Because they’re exposed to the elements, riders are more vulnerable to virus contamination than other motorists. And being a smaller vehicle, motorcycles have a tendency to always group together on the road, making transmission swifter and easier among riders.

The clock starts now for riders to think of ways to avoid the virus. Here are 12 possible health measures that riders—sooner or laterwill have to swallow like a bitter pill.

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  1. Each piece of riding gear will have to be washed more often than usual to prevent contamination.
  2. Motorbikes will have to be sanitized regularly and thoroughly to prevent the virus from thriving on its components like the handlebars, seat, grab rail, and so on. 
  3. Sharing helmets will not be allowed anymore.
  4. Riders will have to bring sanitizers for cleaning their hands after removing their gloves, and disposable tissues (instead of towels) to wipe sweat and dirt off their faces.
  5. Riders who are wearing either a full- or half-face helmet will be required to wear a face mask if they are not using a balaclava.
  6. Authorities will still be strict on pillion riding in the name of social distancing.
  7. Riders will probably be required to get a certification from health professionals proving they are virus-free before traveling to another province.
  8. Riders will be issued a national identification card (with QR code) that they will show along with their driver’s license when passing through checkpoints in the event that the pandemic has a recurrence. The Philippine Statistics Authority says it will start processing the ID soon.
  9. Motorcycle parking will be rearranged to create more space between bikes.
  10. Dealership visits for preventive maintenance or repairs will only be accommodated through online appointments to prevent crowding in the service bays.
  11. The bikers’ lounge (usually used for club meetings) in major dealerships will be temporarily padlocked.
  12. Social distancing will be strictly implemented at bike meets and breakfast rides.
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