(UPDATE) Face shields are now required in shopping malls and other closed commercial spaces, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday, as authorities tighten the general community quarantine against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before the announcement, face shields were only required in public transport and work places. The face shields will be on top of face masks, hand-washing and social distancing. Store owners have also begun strictly enforcing the filling up of contact tracing forms for customers.
"Dapat sinusuot na rin ang face shields sa mga nakasaradong commercial establishments gaya ng mga malls (Face shields should be worn in enclosed commercial establishments like malls)," Roque said on state television.
The government is implementing a "strict" general community quarantine in Metro Manila until Aug. 31 to stop the rise in COVID-19 cases. Authorities also reimposed a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for non-essential workers.
As of late Thursday, the Philippines has 178,022 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 2,883 deaths and 114,114 recoveries.