Bus operators await 'social distancing' rules during Metro quarantine


Posted at Mar 13 2020 12:17 PM

MANILA -- Provincial bus operators said Friday they were waiting for further guidelines on how to limit the number of people in their vehicles to comply with "social distancing" requirements while Metro Manila is under quarantine for COVID-19.

For now, bus drivers and conductors were told to stop overcrowding and "standing room" in aisles, said Alex Yague, executive director of the Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines.

Front line bus personnel were asked to wear face masks and provide disinfectant to passengers, Yague told DZMM.

"Ayaw namin na tayo pa magcontribute sa pagkalat ng sakit (We don't want to be the ones contributing to the spread of the disease)," he said.

The social distancing rules will guide bus operators' response to those who have booked tickets in advance for the Holy Week exodus in April, he said.

Passenger travel to and from Metro Manila will be restricted from March 15 to April 14 while the region is under community quarantine, with exemptions for food and other essentials.