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Leonardia issues mandatory face shield, mask order

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Wearing of face shield, apart from face mask, is now mandatory in Bacolod City. Mayor Evelio Leonardia approved City Ordinance No. (CO) 944 requiring residents to wear face shields in public places.

This is an added layer of protection to stem further the spread of coronavirus disease, according to Leonardia.

The new ordinance, or the “Facemask, Face Shield, and Social Distancing Ordinance of Bacolod City,” amended Sections 1, 2, 3, and 6 of CO No. 926, requiring the mandatory use of face mask and observance of social distancing in all public places in the city. (https://bit.ly/32WIXWN)

Section 3 of CO 944 states that all persons in public places will be required to wear face masks properly. Masks must also be worn inside public or private vehicles, as well as private offices where the general public is allowed entry.

Face shields should also be used inside supermarkets, public markets, malls, venues for meetings (private or government service initiated); venues where private or government services are provided; all enclosed offices or establishments doing business; public transportation or public utility vehicles; and enclosed workplaces.

Failing to properly wear a face mask and face shield, or observe the mandated social distancing, will be fined P200 or penalized with eight hours of community service for every violation.

A non-resident violator will be penalized with a fine of P300.