PUV operators and drivers that are weary of being caught under curfew hours can now breathe a sigh of relief. This comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) affirmed that PUVs are exempted from local curfew ordinances.
Under Resolution No. 47, modern PUVs will be allowed to ply roads even during curfew hours. Only non-workers in locations placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will be covered by the curfew.
“LGUs are enjoined to enact the necessary ordinances to enforce curfew only for non-workers in jurisdiction placed under MECQ, GCQ, and MGCQ to penalize, in a fair and humane manner, violations of the restrictions on the movement of people as provided under these Omnibus Guidelines,” the resolution read.
The resolution added that law enforcement is likewise instructed to implement and enforce said curfew ordinances in a fair and humane manner as well. They are also reminded that public transportation services will not be restricted by such curfew ordinances.
With more public transportation operations resuming since June 22, commuters now have more ways to get to and from their place of work under the new normal. In order to ensure that drivers, conductors, and passengers are safe, PUVs are only allowed to carry 50% maximum capacity in order for social distancing measures are observed. PUVs are also encouraged to have cashless forms of transactions in order to further minimize possible transmission of the disease.