Senate Committee on Public Services head Sen. Grace Poe called “ludicrous” and “unrealistic” the Inter-Agency Task Force’s recent rule requiring drivers and passengers to wear face masks inside private cars, even if they live in the same household
Poe said that a private car is an extension of the household that can still be deemed a “private bubble” provided there are no strangers inside.
While she agreed that face masks should be strictly required when riding public transportation, she believed otherwise when in private vehicles.
“I ask the IATF to rethink its policy requiring occupants of a vehicle to wear anti-virus masks even if they are from the same household,” she said. “This order is simply ludicrous and unrealistic.”
Earlier, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Health issued a joint statement stating that there is no need to wear a face mask while inside the vehicle if there is only one person.
The Land Transportation Office’s Law Enforcement Service also said that failure to wear a face mask is tantamount to reckless driving. But the body clarified that passengers found to be disregarding the rule will not be fined, only reminded to observe health protocols.