Starting today, September 14, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) implemented the reduced physical distancing protocols as approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in a bid to accommodate more commuters amid the pandemic.

The physical distance between commuters will now be 0.75 meters instead of 1 meter, alongside the strict implementation of the “no face mask and no face shield, no entry” policy and the “no talking and no answering calls” policy as well.

The newly physical distancing protocol based on its capacity of railway lines are as follows:

  • For the LRT-1: 1 meter: 155 passengers; 0.75-meter: 204 passengers; 0.5-meter: 255 passengers; and 0.3-meter: 300 passengers.
  • For the LRT-2: 1 meter: 160 passengers; 0.75-meter: 212 passengers; 0.5-meter: 274 passengers; and 0.3-meter: 502 passengers.
  • For the MRT-3: 1 meter: 153 passengers; 0.75-meter: 204 passengers; 0.5-meter: 255 passengers; and 0.3-meter: 327 passengers.
  • For the Philippine National Railways: 1 meter: 166 passengers; 0.75-meter: 184 passengers; 0.5-meter: 256 passengers; 0.3-meter: 320 passengers.

These measures will gradually change every two weeks. From the newly implemented physical distance of 0.75 meters, it will reduce to 0.5 meters by September 28, 2020, and then 0.3 meters by October 12, 2020.

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