DOH: Be extra vigilant in areas where physical distancing cannot be practiced

The Department of Health (DOH) has called on the public to be “extra vigilant” in situations and areas where physical distancing cannot be practiced.


The DOH also encouraged the public to “choose to participate in activities and transport options” that can afford at least one-meter social distancing.

The health department issued the statement on Sunday prior to the implementation of the relaxed physical distancing in public transport implemented by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The physical distancing between commuters inside public transportation has been reduced to 0.75 meters.

“We ask all Filipinos to continue to practice all elements of BIDA (Bawal walang mask, I-sanitize ang kamay at Iwas-hawak sa mga bagay, Dumistansya ng isang metro, at Alamin ang totoong impormasyon) — wearing of face masks and face shields, handwashing, and physical distancing,” the DOH said.

Senior citizens who are immunocompromised and are not feeling well are also advised to stay home.

“Together, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones. Together, we can all be the solution to COVID-19,” the DOH said.

As of Sept. 13, the total number of recorded COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 261,216.