In photos: Reduced physical distancing inside MRT-3 trains starting today, Sept. 14

(Eagle News)–In these pictures shared by the Department of Transportation, passengers inside Metro Rail Transit-3 trains are seen sitting at a shorter distance between each other.

From the original one-meter distance, the DOTr said it was now implementing a 0.75-meter distance between commuters in almost all public modes of transport, based on the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Only planes shall retain the original physical distancing protocol of one meter.

The DOTr had said the reduction was also based on what other countries were  implementing amid the  COVID-19 pandemic.

After two weeks, the physical distance between passengers shall be further reduced to 0.5 meters, and then after another two weeks, to 0.3 meters.

With the reduction to 0.75 meters, the MRT-3 passenger capacity rose to 204 for each train set, or 17 percent of the maximum passenger capacity, the DOTr said.