DOTr Clarifies Face Shield Rule Implementation
DOTR – The Department of Transportation made a clarification on the mandatory face shield rule starting August 15.
In the past few days, the Department of Health (DOH) records at least 3,000 cases of COVID-19 daily. It called for the authorities to exert all ways possible to curb the spread of coronavirus in the Philippines.
There is now a total of 115,980 cases of COVID-19 recorded in the country. Out of the said total number, the health department recorded 2,123 deaths and 66,270 recoveries.
The wearing of a face mask is now a protocol and as well as the practice of social distancing. People who will be caught not wearing a face mask may face corresponding consequences.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is also set to implement a new rule – the mandatory face shield rule. Speaking to ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo, the Department made clarification on the new rule set to be implemented starting this month.
According to DOTr, starting August 15, drivers and passengers of public transportation must wear face shields. It is apart from the face mask. The said mandatory face shield rule is applicable not only in Metro Manila but in the whole country.
Furthermore, the Department clarified that this rule also applies to MRT, LRT, and as well as to tricycles. Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran said that bikes are not public transportation but bikers are also encouraged to wear face shields.
“Sana po isipin nating lahat na no amount of protection is too much when it comes to health and safety, especially po ang kinakalaban natin ay isang invisible enemy,”Libiran said based on the report.
Due to the increasing demands of face shields now following the rule that is set to be implemented starting next week, the Department is set to ask the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to order a price cap on face shields. Libiran also encourages sellers not to sell it to a higher price as everyone is affected by the pandemic.
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