The Joint Task Force COVID Shield has recently eased requirements for riders and their backriders, particularly if they’re from the same household. However, in Davao City, Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said it will still be required. The protective device will be part of the city’s containment measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

According to the IATF, local government units (LGUs) are given the discretion to modify and adjust many of the general community quarantine guidelines as is necessary according to the situation in their areas.

“The guidelines of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) applies to MECQ and GCQ areas only. In our E.O. 47-A, it doesn’t matter what your relationship is, what is important is the barrier,” Mayor Sara said in a radio interview on Thursday.

“The barriers will further protect us from COVID-19 so it will remain as a requirement for riders in Davao City,” Duterte said.

As such, any riders who carry on a pillion, whether frontliner or APOR and whether from the same household or not, must continue to equip the barrier on their motorcycle.