The required use of personal protective equipment at public transportation terminals isn’t just for show. Remember: Being out in public spaces is risky business during the COVID-19 pandemic, as carriers don’t necessarily need to be coughing their lungs out to spread the virus.
Case in point? The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that 12 tellers and one cash assistant working at the Ortigas, Santolan, and Cubao MRT-3 stations have tested positive for COVID-19. Following contact-tracing procedures, close contacts of personnel who tested positive are now under quarantine and awaiting swab-test results, and 114 other employees are now awaiting test results.
The DOTr also said it is taking the MRT-3’s temporary Holy Week closure as an opportunity to conduct swab testing for other exposed personnel. This is to ensure the train line is ready to resume operations on April 5.
Tellers make up 252 of the train line’s 3,265 employees. That figure includes station, depot, and mainline operations personnel, the DOTr says.
This isn’t the first time the DOTr has had to deal with COVID-19 cases among MRT-3 personnel. In late January 2021, 42 train line employees had to undergo quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus. In July 2020, MRT-3 operations were suspended after 186 train line personnel caught the virus.
Again, don’t leave your homes unless absolutely necessary, regardless of whether you’re planning to take public transportation or drive your own vehicle. Stay safe out there, guys.