Workers required to wear face shields while in the office starting Saturday

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By: CNN Philippines

The Labor Department said employees reporting to work will be required to wear face shields at all times when in the workplace beginning Saturday, August 15.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III told reporters on Wednesday that the wearing of face shields will now be required on top of wearing face masks in the workplace.

The Department of Health said the suggested retail price for these protective films worn to cover the face will be released this week. Earlier, the Transportation Department will require face shields when riding public transportation to reduce possible COVID-19 transmissions.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on Tuesday released tighter rules for workers’ decorum while at work, meant to limit interactions and prevent infections.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said that the wearing of face masks is currently “encouraged” but not yet required, on top of the minimum health standards of wearing a face mask, frequent washing of hands, and maintaining social distancing when in public.

On Monday, National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chairman Delfin Lorenzana said the national government will not issue a directive requiring face shields in public. However, state agencies, local government units, and private companies are free to issue this guidance as an added health safety protocol, he added.


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