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Face shields to be mandatory on public transport by Aug. 15

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All passengers and drivers of public transportation will be required to wear face shields next week.

In Memorandum Circular No. 2020-014, the Department of Transportation directed all transportation sectors to implement the “No Face Shield, No Ride” policy beginning August 15.

As for sea travel, the policy will take effect on Friday. (https://bit.ly/2Dfc8Lp)

Public transportation is only allowed in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ.

Richard Osmeña, director of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Western Visayas, said they will strictly enforce the policy.

Checkpoints would be installed in strategic areas once the new rule takes effect, added Osmeña.

The LTFRB, according to him, will only start apprehending violators one or two weeks after the information dissemination.

Dr. Marlyn Convocar, director of the Department of Health in Western Visayas Center for Health Development, said face shields are most likely to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Convocar cited studies that the use of face shields in public places could block potential transmission of Covid-19 by up to 98 percent.

“Wearing a mask and face shield at the same time increases your protection against Covid-19,” she said.