In case you didn't stay up for President Rodrigo Duterte's press conference last night, the nation is now under COVID-19 code Red Sub-Level 2.
In this situation, domestic travel by air, sea, and land to and from Metro Manila will supposedly be tightly regulated by authorities. Travel by rail lines within the nation's capital, however, continues, albeit with stricter guidelines and regulations aimed at preserving the wellbeing of commuters.
One thing rail line operations have been asked to keep in mind is the implementation of social distancing. MRT-3 management has already begun enforcing this principle on its trains and in its stations by limiting the number of commuters allowed to wait on platforms and keeping passengers away from one another inside the carriages. Look:
"Patuloy pa rin ang ginagawang operasyon ng MRT-3 upang makapaghatid ng serbisyo sa mga pasahero, kung saan ay may 16 na tren ang running at operational. Ito ay sa kabila ng pagpapatupad ni Pangulong Duterte ng Code Red Sub-Level 2 sa bansa noong 12 Marso 2020," MRT-3 management posted on Facebook earlier today.
"Sa kabilang banda, pinapaalalahanan naman ng MRT-3 management ang bawat pasahero na magkakaroon ng mahabang pila sa bawat istasyon dahil sa pagpapatupad ng social distancing ng ahensya. Sa kabila nito, makakaaasa ang lahat na ligtas at malinis ang bawat tren at istasyon dahil sumasailalim ito sa sanitation at disinfection."
There's no telling at the moment how much longer these measures will be implemented by rail lines, so it might be best to avoid leaving the house if possible. Do you feel authorities are doing enough to suppress the spread of COVID-19 via public transportation? Let us know in the comments.