• Melo Acuna

Face shield, a must by August 15

Additional expense for passengers using public transport

MANILA – As the government moves to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus, the Department of Transportation will begin the mandatory use of face shields for all passengers using public transportation effective August 15,2020.

A memorandum circular released yesterday, the DOTr ordered all officials and heads of its different transportation sectors to enjoin the mandatory wearing of face shields for all passengers in areas where public transportation is allowed.

In a statement, the DOTr said the initiative hopes to further reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 in public transport facilities as health professionals said the use of face shields and masks reduces exposure to and emission of respiratory droplets.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade was quoted appealing to the general public not to consider the face shield as additional expense. He said the protection it provides is definitely more than the cost of the face shield.

What we are addressing is not a transport issue but rather a health issue. Cooperation is expected of everyone,” he added.

The directive applies to all public transportation throughout the country, from aviation and airports, railways, road and maritime sectors.

Transport Undersecretary for Administrative Affairs Artemio Tuazon, Jr. said the measure applies to trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis, passenger vessels and airplanes. The required face shield should sufficiently cover the nose and mouth. (Melo M. Acuña)

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade. (File Photo/Melo M. Acuna)

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