MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – One meter is roughly the length from one’s shoulder to the finger tips. So it was easy to calculate the one meter distance that health authorities have been advising people to observe in order to protect themselves from Covid-19.
Now, the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases, or IATF, has approved a recommendation by the Department of Transportation to reduce the physical distancing health protocol. The distance will now be reduced to 0.75 meters and gradually shorter to 0.50 and 0.30 meters.
Filipinos are worried that the government will eventually require them to always carry a measuring tape in order to accurately calculate the required measurement for physical distancing.
This speculation has resulted in the disappearance of measuring tapes from hardware stores and other retail outlets. Many suspect that enterprising individuals are now hoarding measuring tapes to sell at a much high price just like what happened when the IATF started mandating the use of face shields in public.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is you IATF at work.