The Department of Health (DOH) is reminding the public that active-transport users—cyclists, EKS users—are not required to wear face shields. The agency emphasized that this could pose potential safety risks on the road for these people.
As stated in Section II(A)(5) of Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2021-00012: “[Due] to the possible vision impairment face shields bring, bikers and users of other forms of active transport are exempted from the mandatory use of face shields outside of their residences.”
This refutes the surprising (and borderline confusing) announcement made before 2020 ended, wherein the use of face shields was made mandatory even for cyclists and joggers. Of course, the DOH is also reminding the public that face shields and other personal protective equipment must be when not riding any form of active transport.
The agency’s press release reads: “The DOH emphasizes that face shields must be worn before and after cycling or other similar activities. The DOH further reminds active transport users that the use of face masks, and the observance of physical distancing, respiratory hygiene practices, and other appropriate health interventions must continue to be practiced while cycling or engaging in other forms of active transport.”
There you have it, then—be advised and spread the word as well. Let’s all stay safe and keep in mind to share the road out there, guys.