Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Cebu City to follow 'face shield on hospitals' policy if Palace orders

SunStar File

ACTING Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said once the National Government makes it official the policy on the use of face shield only in hospitals, the city will adopt.

Rama said on Thursday, June 17, 2021, that as long as it is scientific-based, Cebu City will follow it.

Rama, however, said the public should still be mindful in practicing the health protocols.

Senate President Tito Sotto in a tweet on Thursday morning said the President agreed that face shields should only be used in hospitals.

Senator Joel Villanueva also confirmed that in a meeting with senators Wednesday night, June 16, 2021, the President said, "you don't have to wear it (face shields).

Sotto said the President told them that he will instruct the Department of Health to stop the use of face shields in public.

Joint Memorandum Circular 2021-0001, face shields are required in the following settings as protection against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) transmission:
  • Enclosed public spaces
  • Schools
  • Workplaces
  • Commercial establishment such as, but not limited to, food establishments, malls and public markets
  • Public transport and terminals
  • Places of worship
  • Other public spaces wherein one-meter physical distancing is not possible
  • Gatherings of more than 10 persons at the same venue at the same time
“This has always been the standing policy,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

Manila City Mayor Francisco Domagoso earlier urged the national government to consider lifting the face shield requirement, except in hospitals.

Lawmakers seconded Domagoso’s appeal, saying the policy is anti-poor. (JJL)


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