By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Marikina City has now required its residents to wear face masks once they step outside their residences during the period of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Mayor Marcelino Teodoro recently signed Ordinance No. 47, series of 2020, requiring residents of the country’s shoe capital to wear face masks while in public areas amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The measure mandates the wearing of face masks when they go out of their residences and when entering government buildings and offices in the city.
The local government believes that face masks could reduce the possibility of local transmission of COVID-19.
The national government earlier recommended the wearing of face masks or other protective equipment so as to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Marikeños were also told to wear face masks while in public places, particularly in commercial establishments, parks, and roads.
The ordinance stated that any protective covering for the nose, mouth, and chin are allowed to be used.
“These may include surgical masks, medical masks, N95 masks, or reusable or washable face masks or any cloth that can cover the nose, mouth, and chin that will fit snugly against the sides of the face,” reads the measure which was shared by the Marikina City Rescue 161.
The ordinance, which took effect after it was approved, states that violators will be fined P1,000.