IATF Says New Guidelines Drafted For Face Shield Use Followind Duterte Order
NEW GUIDELINES – The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is drafting new protocols regarding the use of face shields.
President Duterte created several task forces to tackle the spread of the disease in the country. Leading the charge was the IATF which became the authority when it comes to quarantine and health protocols.
Among these protocols was the implementation of mandatory face shield requirements. But recently, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that face shields are no longer required in outdoor public areas. However, using face shields in indoor public environments is still needed.
As such, the public expressed confusion with the announcement. Meanwhile, the interior government urged the public to still bring face shields when going out.
But, DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III stated that new guidelines for face shields are yet to be finalized. Furthermore, the Department of Health (DOH) said it is working on revisions to the face shield policy.
Still, eight government agencies are required to approve the revisions before it is implemented. For now, authorities emphasize that face shields are still required for indoor public areas.
According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, face shields should be used in high-risk activities under the 3Cs: “closed, crowded, and close contact“.
“These include indoor activities, especially in settings where there is crowding or exposure risk or promotes close contact based on the nature of work such as establishments and in transportation“, she added.
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