In case you missed it, the government announced a few days ago that the use of face shields in all public places—even outside of malls or other establishments—is now mandatory. What some of you may have missed, though, is that the rule applies even to cyclists and joggers.
In an interview with CNN Philippines, Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander Cesar Binag said that the required use of face shields outside of residences applies to everyone: “Ang general rule kasi, outside residence, dapat mayroon. So mag-stick tayo sa general rule na yun. Kasi ang nagsabi niyan is [Department of Health], kami naman is taga-enforce lang. Pag binago ng IATF yan, eh di susundan din namin yun.”
That means whether you’re going out for a quick run or you’re actually trying to get to or from work via your bicycle, you now have to wear face shields. What’s next—are they going to require us to wear face shields while driving cars or riding motorbikes, too? We sure hope not, because that would extremely complicate things.
Do you think authorities are making the right move here or not? Sound off in the comments.