MRT-3 starts contact tracing efforts for commuters as it resumes operations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 13)— Heads up, commuters!

Starting Monday, passengers of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 will be required to fill up health declaration forms in line with the management’s contact tracing efforts and stricter health protocols for COVID-19.

Under the document, train commuters would need to provide the following: name, address, contact number, station entry, date and time of travel, temperature, as well as possible symptoms of the viral disease.

The forms will be given to passengers in queue, before they are subjected to full-body security check prior to station entry.

The train management assured that all personal details provided will be kept private and secured.

Passengers will also be prohibited from answering calls and talking inside trains, to prevent the possible spread of the virus through respiratory droplets, the management added.

Malacañang had previously advised MRT-3 passengers to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms, since the government-initiated contact tracing program was not yet in place for commuters.

The major train line earlier halted its operations after over 200 of its personnel tested positive for COVID-19. Authorities said workers who got infected are already under quarantine, with contact tracing for employees also underway.

MRT-3 had resumed operations at limited capacity, in light of the easing of quarantine restrictions in the capital region.