By Tracy Cabrera
About to leave the house? Don’t forget to wear a face mask and shield, Palace reminds public. File photo shows a municipal official assisting a resident in the proper wearing of a face shield in Los Baños, Laguna.
MANILA — With Covid-19 infections continuing to increase daily in number, government authorities have decided to implement stricter health safety protocols, particularly mandatory wearing of face shields while in public.
In this regard, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) will be issuing guidelines on the proper wearing of face shields in public places like malls, parks and even in churches.
The IATF-MEID directed the Department of Health (DoH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) as well other national government agencies to issue a consolidated advisory to the public on the proper use of face shields when leaving their residences.
According to the task force’s advisory, the guidelines would likewise include exclusions or exemptions, as may be appropriate based on the latest resolution.
Previous to the inclusion of the wearing face shields as a mandatory measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19, there were no strict rules set in the wearing of such protective gear and the public were only enjoined to wear face masks as protection when entering commercial establishments and using public transportation.
The IATF explained that the current face shield requirement is meant to better protect the citizenry from COvid-19 and to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, amid fears of a surge in infections during the holiday festivities.
Meanwhile, the IATF has also directed the National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP) to stop the reopening of locker rooms for golfers and other expansion of permissible accessory activities in golf clubs.
The task force said that golf clubs should cease and desist from these activities pending the review and approval of health protocols by appropriate government agencies.
Based on recent developments, the IATF has allowed golf and other noncontact sports in areas under general community quarantine, subject to minimum public health standards.