Roque Reveals Take of IATF on Wearing of Face Shields
ROQUE – Presidential spokesman Harry Roque spoke on the stand of the IATF regarding the wearing of face shields in public areas.
The Philippine national government continues to remind the public to be careful as the fight against COVID-19 has yet to be totally won. Daily, there are still new cases of coronavirus recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) and the entire country is still under community quarantine.
Currently, General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with restrictions is implemented in the NCR Plus – the National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal. There are provinces that are under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).
The wearing of face mask is a protocol when going outdoors and in public areas. Also, the practice of social distancing is part of the health protocols to fight the spread of COVID-19.
In shopping malls, pharmacies, hospitals, and other public establishments, a face shield is required apart from a face mask. However, recently, Malacañang and and two (2) senators said that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte agreed that face shields must only be used in hospitals.
Another update over the matter crossed the surface. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque expressed that the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 agreed to recommend to the Chief Executive the mandatory wearing of face shields in more public areas.
According to the report, the IATF wants to suggest the mandatory wearing of face mask in “hospitals, schools, workplaces, commercial establishments, public transport and terminals, and places of worship”. The said commercial establishments include the shopping malls, food establishments, and public markets.
Roque expressed that the existing policy on the wearing of face shields remains in effect while waiting for the decision of the President. More updates may be posted soon.
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