The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has required the public to wear both face shields and face masks at all times outside of their residences to stem the further spread of the novel coronavirus disease.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who is also the official mouthpiece of the IATF, the group that oversees the government’s actions to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, announced this in a televised Palace press briefing Tuesday.
The new directive amends the previous IATF order which requires people to wear face shields and face masks only when entering enclosed spaces or establishments such as malls.
Meanwhile, the wearing of face masks in public places was ordered mandatory since April.
As of December 14, the Philippines had over 450,700 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease nationwide, including some 418,720 recoveries and, unfortunately, also 8,757 deaths.