PNR resumes Bicol commuter train service, but physical distancing mandatory


Posted at May 06 2020 06:39 PM

MANILA--The Philippine National Railways has resumed its Bicol commuter service with the lifting of the lockdown over the region, the railway operator said on Wednesday. 

The PNR said that after conducting successful tests along the route, it has resumed its Naga-Sipocot-Naga service with three round trips daily, with fares ranging between P12 tand P32.

Passengers, however, will need to comply with general quarantine guidelines. 

People who want to enter the train stations will be thermally scanned; those with a body temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher will not be allowed to board, PNR said. 

Face masks will also be mandatory. Strict physical distancing will be implemented starting from the queue for tickets, embarkation to seating. 

Only 100 passengers will be allowed to board each commuter train, instead of the usual 400. 

Trains will also undergo disinfection every trip. PNR personnel operating the facilities will also undergo health checks. 

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases lifted the Bicol lockdown to start May. 

--Report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News