Backriding allowed, expanded in MECQ areas

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MOTORCYCLE backriding is allowed in Metro Manila and in the four provinces under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Aside from couples living in the same house, authorized persons outside residence (Apor) may also now ride pillion provided the travel is work-related, the driver does not charge for the trip, and a barrier is installed between driver and passenger.

Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, Joint Task Force (JTF) Covid Shield commander, said on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 that this is aimed at helping provide mobility to essential personnel and other Apor while public transport systems are suspended.

Metro Manila and the provinces of Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite and Rizal are under MECQ until August 15.

“Since public transportation is not allowed in Metro Manila and the four provinces under MECQ from August 4 to August 18, motorcycle backriding will be an essential mode of transportation to ensure that no frontliners and other essential workers would be stranded as they go out to report to work and on their way back home,” said Eleazar.

Eleazar said all motorcycle drivers and passengers must present to the policemen manning the quarantine control points an identification card and other documents attesting that they are essential workers and Apor and that the travel is work-related.

Earlier, the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) allowed backriding on motorcycles for couples living in the same household provided a barrier is installed between the driver and passenger. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo/SunStar Philippines)


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