Face shield still requires in Tacloban, other EV areas
TACLOBAN CITY- The cities of Ormoc and Catbalogan have scrapped the use of face shields, becoming the only areas in the region to have drop using the said protective equipment.
The declining number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were cited as the main reason why these local governments have decided to end the use of face shields.
The Department of Health (DOH) in the region has yet to issue statement on the move of Ormoc and Catbalogan to stop the use of the face shield.
But while face shield will no longer be a requirement among their respective constituents, both Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez and Catbalogan Mayor Dexter Uy stressed that the use of face mask will still be in effect, among other existing health protocols being mandated by the national Inter Agency Task Force.
Based on the orders of the Mayors Gomez and Uy, one can enter business establishments, offices, and banks even without the need of wearing of face shield.
Mayor Gomez, on his Executive Order Number 217 he issued on Nov.8, also allow drivers and passengers of public utility vehicles not to wear the face shield.
At present, Ormoc has only eight active COVID-19 cases.
Meantime, under Executive Order Number 11-002 issued by Mayor Uy also on Nov.8, its constituents could now go to establishments without using the face shields.
The same order, however, mandates that the public should still use face mask, practice frequent hand washing and observe social distancing.
Those who will violate this particular protocol faces P1,000 fine, the order said.
The city has only seven active cases of COVID-19.
Meantime, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez said that he would wait for the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force if he will lift the use of face shield in the city.
He, however, said that a person could not be cited for violation if he or she is not wearing a face shield, adding its up to the business establishments if they will scrap it to allow entry.
Tacloban, the regional capital, has still 74 active COVID-19 cases.
Several local governments in the country have also stopped using the face shields which was mandated by the government through the DOH as one way not to get the COVID infection.
Meantime, the DOH reported of 28 new COVID-19 cases with the region having active COVID-19 cases of 207.