The scheduled end of Metro Manila’s enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on May 16, 2020 is fast approaching, and along with it, the public transportation ban.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has already shared guidelines for modes of public transportation set to make a return when the ECQ lapses. This includes jeepneys, buses, tricycles, and even rail lines.
Yes, the MRT-3, LRT-1, LRT-2, and PNR are all set to resume operations after ECQ on May 16, 2020, albeit in a limited capacity.
“Upon resumption of operations, all rail lines will observe March 14, 2020 DOTr guidelines on Community Quarantine, as well as additional health and safety measures pursuant to I-ATF and DOH [Department of Health] guidelines,” the DOTr said in a Facebook post over the weekend. Look:
If rail lines stick to the DOTr’s March 14 guidelines, they will only be allowed to carry up to 25% of their maximum passenger capacity. Passengers entering stations and trains will be closely regulated, rail line personnel must wear face masks and use thermal scanners, and any passengers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (like a body temperature of 38 degrees and above) will be refused entry.
Do you think resuming rail line operations after ECQ is the right call? And will you begin taking trains once they re-open? Let us know in the comments.