Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive doing away with the use of face shields outside, the Department of Interior and Local Government advised that the public should still bring these with them while waiting for the guidelines on the president’s decree.
“It’s better if people would still bring with them face shields especially if they are not sure of the places they will go, even in an outdoor setting,” said Jonathan Malaya, the department’s spokesperson.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and the health department are working on guidelines to reflect this new rule, and to specify which places still require one to wear a face shield.
Local governments must also review their ordinances, particularly if these carry sanctions for violators.
Last week, Duterte said that face shields will no longer be required to be worn outdoors except if going to areas that satisfy the 3C’s—close contact, crowded and closed spaces.
Previous to this, the IATF had required the use of face shields both indoors and outdoors, such as in public schools, transport terminals, malls, establishments and places of work and of worship.