Heads Up: Face Shields Now Required in Public Transportation

This is effective starting August 15.

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(SPOT.ph) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on July 31 announced wearing of face shields as an added minimum health standard. This was later clarified to be just a recommendation, since there was no specific mention requiring face shields in the latest quarantine rules by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases. But on August 3, the Department of Transportation issued a memorandum requiring "all passengers in areas where public transportation is allowed" to wear face shields aside from face masks. This is effective on August 15.

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Memorandum Circular No. 2020-014 was issued on August 3 by Atty. Artemio U. Tuazon Jr., the Department of Transportation's (DOTr) Undersecretary for Administrative Service.

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In addition, all sea passengers are also required to wear face shields aboard maritime transport starting on August 7. This memorandum was signed by DOTr's Assistant Secretary for Maritime Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr.

As of August 4, the Philippines has a total of 112,593 confirmed cases according to the Department of Health. Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal are under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine from August 4 to 18. Public transportation, except for tricycles which are subject to local guidelines, is not allowed in these areas.

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