Heads Up, Commuters: Here's What Social Distancing in the MRT-3 Looks Like
Think it will last?
(SPOT.ph) Social distancing was identified by the government as one of the main ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "Stringent Social Distancing Measures" will be implemented in the entire Metro Manila during the "community quarantine" period announced by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 12—which, admittedly, sounds damn near impossible, especially when we're talking about the Metro's congested train lines.
Enter Metro Rail Transit Line-3, where social distancing measures were implemented today, March 13. A limited number of people were allowed on the platform while guards made sure everybody kept their distance in neat lines like the ones you used to do during flag-raising ceremonies in elementary school.
It's a little strange seeing the North Avenue station looking so empty (relatively speaking) but that's because only a few people were being let on the platform. "Magkakaroon ng mahabang pila sa bawat istasyon dahil sa pagpapatupad ng social distancing ng ahensya," explained the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) management. So while the MRT-3 train itself will be spacious—weird sentence, we know—actually getting on one may take way more time than usual.
Lines to get into the station were extra intense during the implementation of social distancing. Commuters had to wait for more than an hour to get on a train, according to a report by ABS-CBN News, but with rising cases of COVID-19 in the Metro, we'll leave it to you to decide what's what.