Zamboanga City mulls easing face shield requirement in open areas

Zamboanga City mulls easing face shield requirement in open areas

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) under the local Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has been tasked to look into ways of easing the face shield requirement in open areas in this city.

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who issued the order Friday, however, assured the public that the EOC’s recommendations will still be subject to the guidelines of the national IATF-EID.

Currently, the residents here are required to use face shields aside from face masks outside of their respective residence.

Specifically, Salazar has tasked City Health Officer, Dr. Dulce Miravite, through the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), to conduct a study and come up with recommendations on the possibility of lifting the face shield policy in open spaces.

Miravite, however, maintained that the use of face shields should be mandatory inside closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings, for now, while the cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are still high.

“It is okay to ease the face shield requirement in open spaces but not in closed spaces,” Miravite said, citing the face shield’s capability to help prevent coronavirus from entering the eyes.

The Covid-19 data tracker showed that this city has 2,090 active cases as of November 3, of which 2,073 or 99.18 percent were acquired through community transmission.

The rest of the active cases included eight authorized persons outside residence (APOR), four detainees, three persons deprived of liberty (PDL), and two Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) personnel.

Salazar stressed that the city’s decisions should always be consistent with NIATF guidelines.

Earlier, Salazar has already asked the EOC to study the possibility of downgrading this city’s quarantine status to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) starting November 16 as well as lifting the Sunday lockdown policy. (PNA)

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