Following numerous reports of cyclists arrested, the Department of Health (DOH) reminded authorities that active transport users are exempt from using face shields while in transit.
Due to the potential safety risks incurred by using face shields during active transport, memoranda were issued with this in mind.
DOH Department Memorandum No. 2020-0534’s Section II (B) (6), which establishes guidelines on face shield use, states that “individuals engaged in strenuous activities/work, fine workmanship, operation of transportation vehicles, and active transport” need not use face shields during their activity.
Furthermore, Section II (A) (5) of Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2021-0001 from various government agencies, says that the exemption from face mask usage takes into consideration possible vision impairment brought about by the protective equipment.
However, DOH-DOTr-DILG-DPWH Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-0001 reiterates that face shields must be worn before, and after cycling or similar activities.
The DOH also reminded cyclists that face mask use and other public health protocols must be strictly followed even while engaging in other forms of active transport.
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