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“Sana wala na lang talaga”! IATF, MMDA to amend guidelines on face shield use

Sep 25, 2021, 5:18 AM
Opinyon News Team

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The Department of Health is drafting revisions to the memorandum on the guidelines on face shield use, with a shift in focus to the requirement for high-risk areas under the 3Cs (closed, crowded or close-contact).

THE Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) will issue an updated guidelines on the use of face shield, Malacañang said on Thursday (September 23).

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Technical Advisory Group’s recommendation to mandate the wearing of face shield in areas with “high-risk” activities.

“Inaasahan po natin na aamyendahan ng IATF ‘yung guidelines na naapektuhan dahil nga po doon sa kautusan ng ating Presidente,” Roque said in an online press conference.

In a taped Talk to the People, Duterte said Filipinos no longer need to wear face shield, unless they are in “3Cs,” or in “closed and crowded” places, and in areas where there are activities that “promote close contact.”

Meanwhile, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos said they are expected to release new guidelines on the use of face shields “over the weekend.”

“We have to rely on the advice of medical experts. Kung hindi ako nagkakamali, pipirmahan na, ilalabas na mamaya o tomorrow 'yung recommendation ng mga doktor at experts dito about the face shields,” said Abalos.

The Department of Health is drafting revisions to the memorandum on the guidelines on face shield use, with a shift in focus to the requirement for high-risk areas under the 3Cs (closed, crowded or close-contact).

“Kung ako ay lalabas kasama ang mga anak ko lalo na 'yung maliliit na walang bakuna, I’d rather that they have extra protection. It is already a matter of choice,” Abalos said.

He said the guidelines will help Metro Manila local chief executives and barangays on how to go about enforcing new face shield rules.

“For the meantime, we will be lenient with this,” he said.

Government officials still advise the public to bring their face shields at all times as they may still need these while entering certain premises.

Tags: #Covid19, #healthprotocols, #facecoverings


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