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Motorcycle back-riding allowed for essential workers under MECQ

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Back-riding on motorcycles are allowed in Metro Manila and other areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), but with several conditions.

In a radio interview, Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said motorcycle pillion riding is limited only for frontliners, essential workers, and authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).

Under the National Police Commission (NPC) memorandum, motorcycle pillion riding or back-riding is allowed under the following conditions:

  • The back rider/passenger is an authorized person outside of the residence and the travel is work-related, even if he/she is not related to the driver;
  • The driver is equipped or the motorcycle is installed with the prescribed barrier;
  • The motorcycle is privately owned, is not for hire, and was not hired during the trip.

In a late-night address on Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte placed Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal under MECQ starting August 4-18, 2020 following the spike in COVID-19 cases in the areas.

READ: Metro Manila, nearby areas shift back to MECQ starting August 4

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) also said that the following public transport services will not be allowed under MECQ: bus, jeepney, taxi, trains (PNR, LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3), and Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS).

DOTr also reminded the public that only authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) with proper ID will be allowed to go out and travel within city limits.

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