JTF COVID Shield eases on backrider shield requirement

UPDATED AUG 18, 2020 11:00 PM

The government has finally eased up on the motorcycle barrier requirement. According to the Joint Task Force COVID Shield, it is no longer needed for riders living in the same household in areas under general community quarantine. Instead of the barrier, the task force says both riders must be wearing face masks underneath full face helmets. For riders not living in the same home, the task force requires a barrier similar to the approved design submitted by Angkas. The driver of the motorcycle need not be an Authorized Person Outside of Residence (APOR), however the passenger must be an APOR.

For areas that are still under Modified General Community Quarantine, the local government units (LGU) are left with the discretion to implement the above guidelines or suggest alternate measures for pillion riding depending on their local situation.

This new policy will take effect starting Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we get more information.