Back-riding on motorcycles “still not allowed”, according to Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar
Joint Task Force COVID Shield Commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar said that back-riding on motorcycles – even for couples and police officers – still not yet allowed.
This, despite the national government will ease the community quarantine measures in Metro Manila starting June 1, 2020.
Citing the guidelines set by the national government, Joint Task Force COVID Shield Commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar said during the Laging Handa press briefing that the Joint Task Force was the implementor of the said guidelines, adding that back-riding on motorcycles still not allowed as of today.
Eleazar also said that back-riding on motorcycles was a violation of physical distancing, adding that the government already weighing the pros and cons of allowing back-riding on motorcycles. He restated that back-riding on motorcycles still not allowed, for now, even police officers can’t make it.
The national government prohibits back-riding on motorcycles in order to ensure that social or physical distancing was being observed in the country as the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 was threatening the lives of the residents.
As of 4:00 p.m. of May 28, the Department of Health reported 539 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 92 new recoveries, and 17 new coronavirus deaths. This would bring the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease to 15,588 wherein a total of 3,598 patients were already recovered while a total of 921 patients did due to COVID-19.
Alfredo Garbin Jr., the representative of Ako Bicol party-list, suggested that the national government would allow motorcycle riders to have only one back-riding passenger in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), noting that the motorcycle was “possibly the only mode of transportation” for lower middle income, low-income, and poor residents in the country.
Once allowed, Alfredo Garbin Jr. said that the driver and the passenger of the motorcycle must required to wear their face shield, helmets, and face masks.
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