Answering Phone Calls is Now Banned Inside the MRT

Chika on the go? No, you can’t do that anymore—at least not inside Metro Manila’s train lines LRT and now, MRT 3. In a Facebook post published earlier this week, the Metro Rail Transit’s management announced that it will now be prohibiting passengers from taking phone calls in an attempt to prevent the virus from possibly spreading inside the train and affecting commuters. In fact, passengers are banned from talking at all.

MRT 3 EDSA Metro Manila Train

via DOTR MRT-3 Facebook

They explained in their post that one way COVID-19 can spread is through respiratory droplets that comes from talking, coughing, and sneezing—which is why, aside from the mandatory wearing of face masks, talking is now also prohibited.

TINGNAN:Ito ang mga karagdagang paalala para sa mga pasahero na sasakay sa MRT-3:Upang maiwasan ang posibleng…

Posted by DOTr MRT-3 on Sunday, July 12, 2020

The post reads:

TINGNAN:

Ito ang mga karagdagang paalala para sa mga pasahero na sasakay sa MRT-3:

Upang maiwasan ang posibleng pagkalat at pagkahawa ng virus sa mga commuters, ipinagbabawal na ang pagsagot ng tawag sa cellphone ng mga pasahero at pagsasalita sa loob ng tren.

Maaari maging sanhi ng pagkahawa sa virus ang respiratory droplets na nanggagaling sa pagsasalita, pag-ubo at pagbahing kaya’t pinapaalalahanan din ang mga pasahero na panatilihing nakasuot ang face mask.

Dagdag pa rito, magkakaroon na rin ng contact tracing sa mga pasahero, kung saan ay magbibigay ng health declaration forms ang MRT-3 sa mga pasahero.

Ibibigay ang form sa mga pasahero habang sila ay nakapila at bago pumasok sa turnstile area sa loob ng istasyon ng tren.

The MRT 3 management also added that all passengers will be required to fill out a health declaration form for contact tracing purposes. The form will be handed out to each passenger as they line up.

Have you taken the MRT 3 recently? How was the experience? We would love to hear it in the comments!

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