Commuters will be required to be seated alternately, based on the national government’s latest policy on public transport.

“Inaprubahan po ng Gabinete na sa pampublikong transportasyon, one-seat apart na po ang distansiya,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said on Tuesday.

The new rule rescinds the one-meter distancing policy between commuters which had been in place since the resumption of public transport.

Roque said the number of deployed provincial buses, motorcycle taxis, shuttles and TNVS will also be increased.

The face mask and face shield-wearing policy will remain. Commuters will also remain barred from talking and speaking.

Meanwhile, vehicle operators were required to ensure sufficient ventilation inside vehicles and conduct disinfection regularly.

The government also increased rail capacity by 30 to 50 percent. John Ezekiel J. Hirro