Today, March 29, marks the beginning of Holy Week and the week-long enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) the government has declared over five areas: Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, and Rizal. The ECQ declaration comes as record-high cases, anywhere between 7,000 and 10,000, were reported in the past two weeks.
Just like the ECQ last March, movement will be more restricted to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. The only difference between now and a year ago is that transportation will be allowed for the entire Holy Week, despite the ECQ. (Read: Here’s Why You Feel Tired in Quarantine — and What to Do About It!)
But of course, allowing transportation is not without its respective guidelines and protocols. Here are the implementing guidelines for the different kinds of transportation allowed during the ECQ.
- Domestic and international flights will be allowed for authorized persons outside residence (APOR). Inbound capacity of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) limited to 1,500 persons.
- Sea vessels (Ro-Ro) will be allowed for APOR at a capacity limited to 50 percent.
- Trains will also be allowed for APOR at a capacity limited to 20 to 30 percent.
- Buses will be allowed for APOR, but standing passengers will be prohibited. Transportation will be limited to 30 percent capacity to ensure that passengers are one seat apart.
- Jeepneys will be allowed for APOR at 50 percent capacity only. Standing passengers (sabit) will be apprehended.
- UV Expresses (FX) will be allowed for APOR at 50 percent capacity, maximum of two passengers per row. (Read: What is the difference between MECQ, GCQ, and MGCQ?)
- Taxis will be allowed for APOR at a maximum of two passengers per row. Only one passenger will be allowed in the driver’s row.
- TNVS (Grab) will be allowed for APOR, but multiple bookings will be prohibited. A maximum of two passengers per row should be followed.
- Tricycles will be allowed for APOR, with only one passenger allowed in the sidecar. Passengers are not allowed to sit behind the driver.
- Provincial buses will be allowed for APOR only. Trips should be limited to point-to-point transportation, with a maximum of 50 percent capacity.
- Shuttle services will be allowed for APOR only, and passengers should be one seat apart.
- Cars/SUVs will be allowed for APOR only, with a maximum of two passengers per row. Only one passenger allowed in the driver’s row.
- Motorcycles/Motorcycle taxis should only have one backride passenger.
- Bicycles will be allowed only for APOR.
- E-scooters will be allowed only for APOR.
All public and private transportation are required to observe minimum health protocols such as wearing face masks and face shields, and observing physical distancing.