Commuters in areas under Alert Levels 1, 2, and 3 can skip the face shields when riding public transportation, authorities said Tuesday after President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped the requirement.
“In line with the directive issued by the IATF, which was also approved by the Palace, wearing of face shields in areas, where Alerts Level 1, 2 and 3 are in place, is no longer mandatory. It will be voluntary.” Transport Usec. Artemio Tuazon Jr. said.
The public may opt to wear face shields on their commute if they wish to do so.
Here are the face shield protocols for public transportation under the different Alert Levels:
- For areas under Alert Level 5 and granular lockdowns, the use of face shields in community settings shall be mandatory
- For areas under Alert Level 4, local government units and private establishments are given discretion to mandate the use of face shields
- For areas under Alert Levels 3, 2 and 1, the use of face shields shall be voluntary
Mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, and frequent disinfections will still be in effect in all forms of public transportation under all Alert Levels to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Talking and eating onboard as still prohibited.