Face shields required in public transport starting August 15

All commuters using public transportation will be required to wear face shields starting August 15 in order to curb the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The agency said that apart from wearing face mask, all passengers using public transportation are mandated to use face shields in a bid to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.

“Let us remember that no amount of protection is too much when it comes to health and safety, especially that we are battling an invisible enemy. What we are addressing is not a transport issue but rather a health issue,” Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade said.

The DOTr said that health authorities have pointed out that using face shields and masks considerably reduces exposure to and emission of respiratory droplets.

The agency said that the directive covers all forms of public transportation which includes aviation, airports, railways, road, and maritime sectors.

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