Division of Tourism Points Well being and Security Tips on Vacationer Land Transportation Companies
Manila, Philippines — The Division of Tourism (DOT) has issued the New Regular Well being and Security Tips for Vacationer Land Transport Companies overlaying transport operators/homeowners, passengers, autos, and drivers.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat signed Memorandum Round No. 2020-003 on June 5, 2020, in accordance with the Omnibus Tips of the Inter-Company Process Pressure on the Administration of Rising Infectious Illnesses (IATF-EID) on the Implementation of Group Quarantine within the nation.
“These necessary pointers spotlight our ‘safety-first’ coverage to make sure the well-being and safety of our guests,” stated the tourism chief.
Part eight of the rules is emphatic on the No Masks, No Boarding coverage, stating that “Passengers not carrying masks shall not be allowed to board the car.”
Passengers should adjust to the Social Distancing coverage, or the strict upkeep of a distance of a minimum of one-meter radius between individuals, and Passenger Restrict Tips set by the Division of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to keep away from attainable contact.
In a automobile or sedan, no passenger might sit beside the motive force; solely two passengers on the again row with one seat aside, and there may be not more than three passengers, together with the motive force.
Solely two passengers per row are allowed in a van, apart from the motive force’s row, the place just one passenger might occupy the passenger’s seat. There ought to be a water-proof barrier between the motive force and the passenger.
In the meantime, buses and coasters can accommodate solely 50 p.c of the car’s whole capability. A water-proof clear barrier can also be required, and passengers have to be one seat aside. No standing passengers shall be allowed.
All vacationer autos should have a thermometer gun, primary first-aid kits, and sanitation kits with 70 p.c resolution alcohol or alcohol-based hand sanitizer and tissue paper or disposable moist wipes, for the free use of passengers.
The rules additionally require the deep cleansing and correct disinfection and sanitation of autos earlier than and after each use, particularly the ceaselessly touched surfaces resembling seats, armrests, door handles, gentle, and air controls.
The transport service ought to be effectively ventilated, and air-con shall be on non-recirculated mode to maximise air adjustments that scale back doubtlessly infectious particles within the car.
Below the rules, transport operators and homeowners should monitor their workers’ physique temperature each time they report back to work. They’re required to put in a security bulletin board to keep up a show of security and health-related data within the working space and guarantee cleanliness inside its workplace premises, together with the storage. They’re inspired to offer well being profit choices for all workers. Well being check-up for drivers and employees is now obligatory.
On the identical time, drivers should observe private hygiene and correct grooming. They have to be in uniform and may put on Private Protecting Tools (PPE), full with face masks and gloves, offered by their transport operator. Drivers ought to keep away from bodily contact with passengers and observe bodily distancing always.
Drivers should additionally follow correct respiratory etiquette. If relevant, they need to open the home windows to air out the car after each journey. An itinerary or journey ticket have to be achieved for each journey for correct documentation and reference.
Waste supplies on board shall be stored in a clear and hygienic situation. A separate trash bag for all gloves, facemasks, PPEs, moist wipes, and different sanitation disposables utilized by the passengers shall be out there contained in the car.
“Violation of those pointers might topic the tourism enterprise to the suitable fines and penalties, together with revocation of its DOT Accreditation, in accordance with related legislation and rules,” stated Secretary Puyat.
The tourism chief added that cashless transactions and different choices that contain much less bodily contact are extremely inspired.
Please click on right here for the complete textual content of the Memorandum Round No. 2020-003 (https://tinyurl.com/y8ctblrk).