Bicycle owners within Pasig City need not worry about having to ride with a face shield on after the local government announced wearing one will not be required while cycling within its jurisdiction.
The move was announced on social media earlier today. In a Facebook post, Pasig City said that it is making this decision based on evidence that shows riding a face shield on is dangerous, as well as consultations with cyclists.
“Evidence shows and consultation among bikers reveals that biking while wearing a face shield is dangerous,” the local government’s announcement reads. “Wearing a face shield obstructs view and makes breathing difficult. Meanwhile, biking naturally isolates riders from other commuters.”
This development comes a few days after authorities once again implemented stricter health measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. This time, the wearing of face shields is now mandatory not just inside malls and enclosed spaces, but anywhere outside a person’s residence. In a recent interview with CNN Philippines, Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander Cesar Binag also pointed out that this policy applies to cyclists and joggers, too.
“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,” Binag said.
This isn’t the first time Pasig City has held its ground on transportation issues during the pandemic. Earlier in 2020, Pasig City mayor Vico Sotto was summoned by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and asked to explain himself after permitting the use of tricycles within his city, albeit only for special circumstances, contrary to government regulations.
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