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IATF requires face shields for all Filipinos going out; netizens divided

This recent policy, however, has had netizens questioning the government’s COVID-19 response plan once more.

Filipinos are now confused as to what the IATF hopes to achieve with their latest policy.

During a televised press briefing on Tuesday, December 15, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) is now requiring anyone who moves outside their house to wear a full face shield.

When asked why, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque would say “it’s an additional protection to avoid a surge. It won’t be required if it is not good for our health.”

The new policy is seen as a way to curb a possible spike in COVID-19 infections as the government slightly opens up transportation from Metro Manila to the provinces.

This recent policy, however, has had netizens questioning the government’s COVID-19 response plan once more.

Netizens have pointed out that the Philippines is the lone country in the world to even consider wearing face shields in public.

Someone even threw in a bit of intrigue, with an alleged shipment of face shields already waiting at the Bureau of Customs before they were required.

Even cyclists and joggers are now required to wear full face shields.

This is a bit ironic, as one’s vision isn’t the best when wearing a face shield. A lot of netizens have already pointed out how dangerous this would be, especially for cyclists.

Outside of the face shield distorting your vision, wearing one alongside a face mask makes it harder for those using active transport to breathe.

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Some LGUs, however, are holding off the IATF policy, like Iloilo City.

Previously, Filipinos were only required to wear full face shields when using public transport or entering enclosed public spaces like malls.


Wearing face masks, on the other hand, have been mandatory ever since April.

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