Face shields now required in commercial places in NCR

(SunStar Baguio File Photo)
(SunStar Baguio File Photo)

FACE shields are now required in all commercial places in the National Capital Region (NCR), aside from workplaces and public transport systems.

The face shields shall be worn aside from face masks.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this is among the transition protocols approved by the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) for NCR, or Metro Manila, while under general community quarantine from August 19 to 31.

Another major protocol is the imposition of a uniform curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning August 19.

Roque said, however, that this will not cover initially the cities of Manila, Muntinlupa, and Pasig because they have yet to amend local ordinances that stipulate a curfew beginning 10 p.m.

Manila, Muntinlupa and Pasig local governments, however, agreed to align with the curfew hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. within the week.

Other transition protocols approved by the NTF Tuesday night are:

1. Mass gatherings of more than 10 persons remain prohibited.

2. Establishments offering personal care and aesthetic procedures and services (outside salons and barbershops), gyms/fitness studios and sports facilities, testing and tutorial centers, review centers, internet cafes, drive-in cinemas, pet grooming services remain closed following the principle of gradual reopening from MECQ to GCQ.

3. Dine-in restaurants, salons and barbershops and all their services, except full body massages, are allowed. The local government unit (LGU) where the establishments are located would determine the capacity.

4. The enforcement of quarantine passes would be the discretion of the local chief executives.

5. For motorcycle backriding under GCQ, riders living in the same house, there is no need for motorcycle barrier. For riders not living in the same house, there must be an Angkas designed barrier. Also, the backrider must be an authorized person outside residence (Apor), while the driver may or may not be an Apor.

Roque also said the motorcycle must be privately owned and not for hire and both riders should have face masks and full-face helmets that must be worn at all times while backriding. (Jove Moya/SunStar Philippines)

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