BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — The Baguio City government made the wearing of face shields mandatory in all public areas in the city.
According to Baguio City Public Information Office (PIO) Chief Aileen Refuerzo, the city’s legislative body has approved on final reading Ordinance No. 49, series of 2021, or the Face Mask, Face Shield Ordinance of 2021.
This amended Ordinance No. 45-2020 or the Face Mask Ordinance of 2020 in the City of Baguio by incorporating the face shield requirement.
According to the ordinance, aside from wearing face masks, the public is now directed to wear face shields as added protection against the deadly viral disease.
“Any person venturing outside the comforts of their respective abodes, or going to public buildings and places shall at all time wear face masks and face shields until the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is completely eliminated in the Philippines or during the State of Public Health Emergency,” the ordinance read.
The amended ordinance now also regulates the indiscriminate disposal of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the city.
The new policy also emphasized that any person is not allowed to make business transactions without a face mask and face shield in public areas such as public markets, supermarkets, groceries, malls, shopping centers, banks, and in any offices of the government.
A “No Face Shield, No Face Mask, No Ride” policy will apply in all public transportation sectors.
The Baguio City PIO also posted on Facebook several exceptions in the implementation of the ordinance.
Penalty for non-compliance in face mask order is P1,000 to P3,000 for first to third offense or cancellation of a business permit as appropriate.
Meanwhile, the penalties for not wearing a face shield and improper disposal of PPEs, discarded face masks, and face shields are P500 for the first offense, P1,000 for the second offense, and P2,000 for the third offense and cancellation of the permit as appropriate.