Heads up, everyone: The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has just announced that face shields will soon be required when using any form of public transportation.
The agency sent out a memorandum circular earlier today making the use of the personal protective device mandatory “for all passengers in areas where public transportation is allowed.” The new measure will be implemented starting on August 15, 2020.
Currently, most forms of public transportation are out of service due to Metro Manila’s shift back to modified enhanced community quarantine period (MECQ). Operations are scheduled to resume come August 18, when the new MECQ period lapses. This is if the MECQ period isn’t extended.
The mandatory use of face shields onboard public transportation is on top of the use of masks and other measures meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among commuters. Early last month, the DOTr suspended MRT-3 operations due to numerous cases of COVID-19 among its personnel despite the guidelines and numerous safety protocols put in place. The train line resumed trips as soon as enough employees for limited operations tested negative via swab tests.
Yes, the use of face shields is both an added expense and inconvenience for commuters—but if there’s anything we should have learned the past few months, it’s that right now, it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry. Do you have any face shields in stock at home?