June 21, 2021

Duterte insists on wearing face shields in public places

In light of the more transmissible Delta form of Covid-19, President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen to stick to his previous policy of requiring the usage of face shields both inside and outdoors.

Face shields would no longer be needed outside, save in enclosed public places like as business establishments, malls, and public transit, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

According to Roque, “acting on the advise of health experts and in light of the Delta version, PRRD ruled that the use of face shields, both indoor and outdoor, is still mandatory.”

Duterte will reveal his decision on the usage of face shields in his “Talk to the People” on Monday night, according to Roque.

Last Thursday, Duterte decided to relax the government’s mandate for face shields by allowing them to be used exclusively in hospitals.

However, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) argued that the regulation prohibiting the use of face shields in enclosed public places such as stores, malls, and public transit should be preserved.

Lawmakers have asked the Department of Health (DOH) to reconsider the face shield regulation, claiming that it is discriminatory towards the poor.

Isko Moreno, the mayor of Manila, also asked the national government to abandon its policy of forcing Filipinos to wear face shields when they walk outside.

Dr. Edsel Salvaa, an infectious disease specialist and member of the DOH technical advisory committee, opposed the idea to eliminate the regulation mandating the wearing of face shields in public places.

Face shields, according to Salvaa, offer eye protection and prevent individuals from touching their faces or pulling their masks down.

Roque previously said that Filipinos do not need to spend a lot of money since the majority of them had already purchased face shields.

To avoid an increase of Covid-19 cases, the IATF-EID decided in December last year to make wearing a face mask and face shield obligatory in all public places.

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