One-meter physical distancing remains in effect in Cebu City

CEBU CITY—The one-meter physical distancing rule inside public transportation will still be in effect here.

          City Mayor Edgardo Labella on Thursday issued a memorandum directing the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) and the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) to ensure that passengers are sitting at least one meter apart in public utility vehicles.

          The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has already approved the proposal to increase ridership by reducing the physical distance between passengers from one meter to .75 meter.

          But Labella said the implementation of the one-meter physical distancing rule must continue to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).                  

          “In order to sustain our efforts in preventing the transmission of COVID-19, you are hereby directed to continue implementing a one-meter physical distancing between passengers in all public utility vehicles (PUVs) plying through Cebu City roads effective immediately,” Labella said in his memorandum to CCTO and CCPO.  

          The mandatory wearing of face masks and face shields in PUVs must also be enforced, Labella said.

          The city is already under the modified general community and has already allowed some “modern” jeepneys to ply their routes.