MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the lifting of mandatory use of face shields in areas under Alert Level 3 and lower.
This lifting of the mandatory use of face shield policy was recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) following the continuous lowering of daily new COVID-19 cases in the country.
Based on the memorandum issued by the office of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the use of face shields is now limited to areas under Alert Level 5 and granular lockdowns.
Use of face shields in areas under Alert Level 4, on the other hand, will depend on the discretion of the concerned local government units.
This means that in Metro Manila, which is under Alert Level 2, the use of face shields will now be optional.
“OK. Tanggalin na ninyo ang shield, pwede na ninyong tanggalin ang shield, but not the mask, mask will forever remain and will be part of our day to day, part of safety measure. Kasi matagal pa itong virus na nasa hangin lang,” Duterte said during his weekly public address, Talk to the People aired Monday night.
On the other hand, mandatory use of face shields remains in medical and quarantine facilities, as well as in healthcare settings.
Duterte, meanwhile, appealed to local governments to pass an ordinance that will set restrictions on going to the malls, particularly among children.
“I am calling all local government units to consider passing ordinances for age restrictions among minors, who can be allowed to go the malls. Certainly, we cannot allow those below 12 years old or those who are still unvaccinated to be exposed to the risk of getting covid-19 in public places,” the President said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Rosalie Coz)