DOH: Reopening of bus routes OK as long as health protocols are followed

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The Department of Health believes there should be no problem with the re-opening of some bus routes as long as health protocols are followed.

“Ang primary objective natin lahat is for our population to be safe if ever we will be opening up some of the sectors of society. Ang ginagawa ng DOTr (Department of Transportation), magbubukas sila ng mga buses, mga ruta. Ang minimum health standards ay dapat ipatupad,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a virtual briefing.

[Our primary objective is for our population to be safe if ever we will be opening up some of the sectors of society. What the DOTr is doing is they will open routes. Minimum health standards should be implemented.]

Checking of symptoms and strict enforcement of the wearing of face masks and face shields should be always adhered to. There should also be a 1-meter distance between passengers.

“Lahat yan ay pinagtitibay, pinatutupad nang maayos para maging safe pa rin kahit magbukas tayo ng ganitong sectors of society,” she said.

[All those are being implemented properly so it’ll still be safe even if we open these sectors of society.]

“What is most important is to monitor. Kailangan i-monitor natin ano magiging resulta ng pagbubukas natin.”

[What is most important is to monitor. We need to monitor the results of our opening up.]

Vergeire assured the public that the DOH is always consulted whenever there is an easing of restrictions by other government agencies.

“Naandun tayo para magbigay ng guidance, magbigay ng inputs. We are very appreciative of the other government agencies. Every time magdedesisyon sila, they consider yung health,” she said.

(We’re always there to give guidance and inputs. We are very appreciative of the other government agencies. Every time they make a decision, they consider the health aspect.)

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