THE use of face shields aside from face masks in most public places, especially enclosed spaces, remains in effect, Malacañang declared Thursday evening, June 17, 2021.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases resolved during its meeting Thursday afternoon to recommend the continued use of face shields in enclosed/indoor spaces of hospitals, schools, workplaces, commercial establishments, public transport and terminals, and places of worship.
The commercial establishments include, but are not limited to, food establishments, malls and public markets.
“While waiting for the President’s decision on the matter, the existing policy on the use of face shields remains in effect,” Roque said.
The IATF made the recommendation a few hours after Roque confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte said face shields should only be used in hospitals.
The IATF, which is led by the Department of Health (DOH), recommends policies related to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response to Duterte.
At present, face shields are required aside from face masks in the following: