BAGUIO City has put in place a new restriction on the city’s various public utility vehicles (PUVs), keeping drivers who are yet to be fully vaccinated from plying the city’s roads.
The measure was put in place on Wednesday and will be effective until otherwise repealed by the local government.
According to Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, only fully-vaccinated drivers of all public utility jeepneys (PUJs,) taxis, and even transport vans such as UV Express can continue to ply the roads.
Partially vaccinated drivers are still disallowed under the advisory. Only those who have received two doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose jab and have had the appropriate amount of time after the shot for the vaccine to take full effect are allowed to continue operating in the city.
However, drivers of cargo-carrying vehicles are not subject to the same restrictions and can continue to operate as normal.
The advisory also puts in place guidelines providing for drivers who are not vaccinated to be redirected to the city’s drive-through vaccination site at the Baguio Athletic Bowl.
Magalong said that the move is an effort to bolster the protection offered to the riding public against the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the ongoing easing of restrictions and reopening of the city to outside traffic and tourism.