The regional director also told Treñas allhealthcare workers boarding buses do not have to pay fare; they just have topresent their identification cards. The jeepney ban starts today. Social distancing, however, is very difficult to carry out in publicutility vehicles, specifically the passenger jeepneys, according to Mayor JerryTreñas. Still, tricycles and trisikads could only pass local roads,not national roads, stressed Treñas. Osmeña said TFRB is ready to dispatchmore buses, if the city government will request for augmentation./PN Treñas, however, clarified that jeepneysdelivering agricultural products to and from the city could ply the city’sstreets. Only the following public utilityvehicles are allowed to transport passengers because social distancing in themis possible: buses, taxis, tricycles and trisikads. For non-healthcare workers, a P10 fareis imposed. Osmeña, meanwhile, assured the citymayor the Board will permit 10 buses to serve passengers in the first few hourstoday. Because COVID-19 can spread fromperson to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spreadwhen a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales, social distancing is highlyrecommended by the Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization(WHO). “Mabudlaymag-social distancing ang aton mga pumoluyo sa public utility jeepneys,” said Treñasyesterday. PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – Social distancing means increasing the physical space betweenpeople to avoid spreading illness such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The objective of social distancing is toreduce the probability of contact between persons carrying an infection, andothers who are not infected, so as to minimize disease transmission, morbidityand ultimately, mortality. Treñas said he consulted with LandTransportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regional directorRichard Osmeña about the temporary jeepney ban. ‘GHOST TOWN’. The usually congested Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue in the bustling district of Mandurriao, Iloilo City is empty on the first day (March 20, 2020) of the nearly month-long lockdown imposed by the city government in a bid to keep the metro free from the coronavirus disease 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN He thus ordered a halt to the operation of passenger jeepneys whilethe city is on an enhanced community quarantine against COVID-19 until April14, unless extended or shortened.