Wearing of face shield now mandatory in Baguio

Published May 9, 2021, 3:31 PM

by Philippine News Agency

BAGUIO CITY– The city government has amended its ordinance requiring the mandatory wearing not only of face masks but face shields outside their homes.

Aileen Refuerzo, Public Information Office chief, said Saturday the city’s legislative body approved on final reading Ordinance No. 49, Series of 2021, which amended Ordinance No. 45-2020 or the Face Mask Ordinance of Baguio City by incorporating the face shield requirement.

“The city government will enforce the Face Mask and Face Shield Ordinance of 2021 following completion of its amendment process,” Refuerzo said.

The measure, she added, declares that it is “unlawful” for all persons, including tourists and outsiders, to go to public places, buildings, national roads or highway, sidewalks, walkways, or public conveyances or other similar establishments without wearing face mask and face shield until the threat of the COVID-19 is completely eliminated in the country.

She said the amended ordinance now also regulates the indiscriminate disposal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Refuerzo said the ordinance also prohibits transacting business with any person not wearing a face mask and a face shield in the public markets, supermarkets, groceries, malls, shopping centers, and government offices.

“Employees, workers, or personnel within the establishments and offices may momentarily remove their face shields where the conduct of their work does not involve face to face or person-to-person interaction with clients, customers, visitors, or co-employees and provided that social or physical distancing is observed and or the presence of a plastic barrier in between the transacting parties,” she added.

The new policy, she said, also includes banks which are the subject of a joint memorandum circular of the Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The acts of hoarding, profiteering, or manipulating the prices for face masks or face shields being sold to the general public and indiscriminately discarding or disposing of used and or damaged face mask, face shield, gloves, and tissues or any fabric used in cleaning face shields are also prohibited under the revised ordinance, she said.

The penalty for non-wearing of face mask is P1,000, P2,000, and P3,000 for the first to third offense, respectively, and cancellation of business permit if applicable.

The penalties for non-wearing of face shield and indiscriminate disposal of used or damaged face masks and face shields are P500, P1,000, and P2,000 for first to third offense, respectively, and cancellation of business permit if applicable.