MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to retain the one-meter physical distancing among commuters in public transportation, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced Saturday.

“Ang desisyon po ng Presidente, mananatili po ang one-meter social distancing sa pampublikong transportasyon na sasamahan ng pagsusuot ng mask, face shield (The decision of the President is that the one-meter social distancing will stay in public transportations, which include the wearing of mask and face shield),” Roque said in an interview over state-run PTV 4.

Roque said health and safety protocols would also be in place, including the “no speaking, no eating” rule inside a public utility vehicle.

The one-meter physical distancing in public transport was reduced to 0.75 meters beginning Sept. 14 to increase passenger capacity to help revive the economy.

It was supposed to be reduced further to 0.5 meters (approximately 1.8 feet) on Sept. 28 and 0.3 meters starting October 12.

However, it was suspended following calls from experts who warned of increased risk of coronavirus disease transmission. (PNA)

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