MANILA — The MRT-3 is ready to re-open with new coronavirus protocols if Metro Manila is placed under a looser general community quarantine next week, an official said Wednesday.
Trains that can ferry 1,200 people will only carry up to 153 per trip to ensure physical distancing or a 1-meter gap between passengers and prevent virus transmission, said MRT director for operations Michael Capati.
The entry of passengers into train platforms will be limited. All passengers will be required to wear face masks and have their temperatures checked, he said.
The MRT-3 is off-limits to pregnant women and those aged below 21 or above 60 -- who are most vulnerable to the disease, he said.
The MRT's 19 train sets will be disinfected twice every trip, at the North Avenue and Taft stations, said Capati.
"Kung kami po ay bibigyan ng order at nag-GCQ na tayo by June 1, ready naman po ang MTR-3 mag-mobilize," he said.
(If we are ordered to resume our operations and we are already under GCQ by June 1, the MRT-3 is ready to mobilize.)
President Rodrigo Duterte before the weekend will decide on whether or not to loosen the lockdown of 12 million people in Metro Manila, said the interior department.
Public transport remains barred in the region while it is under modified quarantine until May 31. This type of lockdown reboots the economy by allowing select industries to to operate up to 50-percent capacity.
GCQ lets almost all industries to operate up to 75 percent except amusement centers and those with mass gatherings.