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Duterte Lifts Mandatory Use Of Face Shields Outdoors

Duterte Lifts Mandatory Use Of Face Shields Outdoors
People who are out on the street in Quezon City wear face masks and face shields on June 17, 2021 as protection against COVID-19. Photo by Michael Varcas, The Philippine STAR

President Duterte has lifted the mandatory use of face shields in open areas amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

In his recorded address to the people aired on Wednesday night, Sept. 22, the President said he approved the recommendation of the technical advisory group and medical experts on the use of face shields only in areas that fall under the 3Cs – crowded, closed and close contact.

“I was informed by the technical advisory group on the use of face shield pwede na tanggalin sa labas, no more face shields outside,” the President said.

"But for 3Cs, face shield is still a must. That’s the recommendation,” he added.

Duterte said he ordered the swift release of guidelines for the new policy.

In June, there has been confusion  on whether face shields should still be worn outdoors after a Department of Health official and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases said their use was no longer necessary in open areas.

The DOH said Wearing face shields may be ditched by outdoor workers if these hinder the performance of their duties.

But Duterte decided to require the wearing of face shields in open and enclosed spaces, adopting the recommendation of health experts who noted that the facial cover provides an additional layer of protection against the virus.

Senators, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and other critics sought a clearer policy and scientific justification for the wearing of face shields indoors and outdoors, noting that it is only in the Philippines that such a measure is enforced.

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