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How Many People Can You Fit in Your Car During the MECQ?

There's not going to be a carpool party.
IMAGE Jerome Ascano
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Brace yourselves, folks, as we'll have to adjust to a new set of rules starting tomorrow, May 16. The Department of Transportation has released their official guidelines on public and private transport under a modified enhanced community quarantine—which is scheduled to last in Metro Manila until May 31. Check out the new rules below:

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Rules for Private Transportation

If you're using your car, note that there should only be two people in each row. We suppose this means the driver's and passenger seat can be occupied at the same time. If you're using a van for transport, be sure to follow this rule.

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Companies providing transport for their employees must ensure their shuttles are only at 50% capacity at any given time. Rented shuttles should have a special permit from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

Folks can also opt to use either bikes, motorcycles or even e-scooters. Do note that e-scooters are subject to existing traffic regulations, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Plus, only one person is allowed on these two-wheeled vehicles.

Rules for Public Transportation

Long story short: Public transportation is still suspended under the MECQ. Yes, this means there will still no trains, no buses, no ride-hailing services, taxis, and jeeps. Tricycles may be allowed but that is up to your local government and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

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Public shuttles, such as the ones organized by the Office of the Vice President and the DOTr for frontliners, are still allowed. Jeepneys and trikes also cannot be chartered for use of essential workers, clarified Guillermo Eleazar, head of the Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield, in a GMA News report

Other Things to Remember

You can move between MECQ and GCQ areas for work—as long as you are part of industries allowed to operate. Just be sure to bring the proper identification with the right addresses. As for air travel, domestic flights are suspended under MECQ while international flights are limited. 

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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