Sat. Jan 23rd, 2021

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) will permit the increase in the passenger capacity of commissioned shuttle services for employees of offices or establishments that are permitted to operate, Malacañang said on Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the shuttle services may also adopt a “one-seat apart” arrangement or a full-seating capacity, provided there are necessary dividers and other health and safety measures are in place.

“Private establishments are enjoined to commission their own shuttle services for the benefit of their own employees,” the IATF said in Resolution No. 85, signed on November 26, 2020.

The IATF directed the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry to issue the appropriate supplemental advisories for the enforcement and monitoring of the health and safety protocols in private shuttles.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade earlier ordered the transport sector to ensure the strict enforcement of the following seven commandments inside public transport, as recommended by health experts: Wear face masks and face shields; No talking and making phone calls; No eating; Keep PUVs well-ventilated; Conduct frequent disinfection; No passengers with Covid-19 symptoms would be allowed inside public transportation; and Observe appropriate physical distancing (“one-seat apart” rule). SOVEREIGNPH

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