By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Residents of Mandaluyong City will be slapped with a fine or imprisonment if they are caught by authorities not wearing face masks in public spaces within the city.
Mandaluyong Mayor Carmelita Abalos signed Ordinance No. 767 Series of 2020 on Wednesday requiring city residents to wear face masks or face coverings at all times while in public areas.
“All persons in public places within the territorial jurisdiction of Mandaluyong City without face mask or face covering shall be liable under this Ordinance,” according to the copy of the measure shared by Councilor Charisse Marie Abalos-Vargas.
Aside from usual surgical and N95 masks, Abalos-Vargas said improvised masks such as cloth masks, bandanas, and handkerchiefs are allowed to be used.
The local government has passed the ordinance, which took effect immediately, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Any person who violates this Ordinance shall suffer a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of one week, or both, at the discretion of the court,” the ordinance read.
Aside from the measure, she advised that everyone to observe proper hand hygiene and follow social distancing.
As of 4:30 p.m. of April 8, Mandaluyong has 144 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 16 recoveries, the city government said.
The city has also recorded 15 COVID-19 deaths and 10 deaths of persons under investigation (PUIs), according to its latest update.