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‘King of the road’ still reined amid lockdown end

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The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday revealed that jeepneys still cannot operate in general community quarantine areas, citing the risk it poses in spreading further the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In a briefing, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año stressed that jeepney operations are still prohibited because of its configuration as passengers are facing each other inside the vehicle.

“We cannot allow the jeepney to operate because based on its configuration, people there are facing each other. If one passenger who is a carrier of the disease gets off, he can infect everyone that he will pass by,” said Año.

Other vehicles such as taxi cabs, however, will be allowed to operate subject to guidelines of the Department of Transportation and as for buses, operators should only ferry around half of its full capacity to ensure physical distancing, according to Año.

Operators of all public and mass transport vehicles that will be allowed to operate in general community quarantine areas must ensure that passengers observe a strict one-meter distancing.

Passengers should also wear face masks and sanitize their hands before boarding the vehicle and operators should also subject passengers to thermal scanning.

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