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Palace: Existing face shield policy remains in effect

MANILA. A man wears a face shield on his head at a sporting arena converted into a temporary Covid-19 vaccination center in San Juan City on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (AP)

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:

  • 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

Read: Where to wear face shields

Exempted from wearing face shields are “individuals engaged in strenuous activities/work, fine workmanship, operation of transportation vehicles and active transport.”

The proper wearing of face shields and face masks is among the minimum public health standards that the government is enforcing to minimize transmission of Covid-19. DOH officials have cited studies showing that face shields provide an additional layer of protection against the infectious disease. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)


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