MAASIN CITY, Mar. 17 (PIA) -- Drivers and operators of public transport utilities here are mandated starting today to limit the number of passengers they can carry as a way to carry out the Department of Health’s (DOH’s) social distancing protocol.

Executive Order No. 24 signed by Mayor Nacional Mercado categorically specified the passenger volume of four (4) types of public vehicles: (a) for motorized tricycle -- three (3) passengers; (b) for Pot-Pot -- one (1) passenger; (c) for Habal-Habal -- one (1) passenger, and (d) for jeepneys and multicabs -- half of the usual capacity.

The order covers those “plying to and from Maasin City route and with Mayor’s Permit issued by the city government of Maasin . . .”

Driver and operators are ordered “to practice continuous sanitation or disinfection of their establishments, such as terminals, offices, and similar area where contact of hand is possible.”

They are also required “to provide hand sanitizers in their respective vehicles and the entrances of their transportation terminals, offices, booths, etc.”

The measure is implemented beginning today after a meeting with the concerned public transport groups.

It was also one way of coping with the health threat brought about by the deadly coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19).

Also starting today, classes in all levels, both public and private, are suspended until March 31, while school-related activities are cancelled as per Executive Order No. 22, again, as a preventive step against the dreaded virus. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)