Just this weekend, the government clarified its guidelines on public transport during the ongoing Metro Manila community quarantine. Unfortunately, the first workday that followed didn’t go as smoothly as many would have hoped.
Now, the entire COVID-19 situation has taken yet another turn, as the government has announced that the entire island of Luzon will be placed under ‘enhanced community quarantine.’ As a result, all modes of transportation going in and out of the metro could potentially be suspended.
Normally, commuters who live outside of Metro Manila are able to get in and out of the capital via provincial buses, so the operators of these bus lines are expected to be greatly affected by this Luzon-wide quarantine. As a matter of fact, Victory Liner has already advised the public that it will temporarily halt its operations in light of recent events.
“To all our dear passengers, employees, family and friends, after the declaration of the ‘Enhanced Community Quarantine of the entire Luzon,’ we deemed it fit to temporarily suspend our entire operations, ” the company’s statement reads.
Other bus companies may announce similar news—we’ll keep you posted in case there are further announcements. For now, you can read up on our stories on the current pandemic surrounding the country here to keep yourself in the loop.
How have you coped with the situation so far?