Pasig City is exempting bikers from the national government’s requirement for people outside of their residences to wear face shields, saying donning one while biking is dangerous.
Pasig Transport said, “Evidence shows and consultation among bikers reveals that biking while wearing a face shield is dangerous. Wearing a face shield obstructs view and makes breathing difficult.” It added that biking naturally isolates riders from other commuters.
This is not the first time Pasig City went against policies implemented by the national government during the pandemic.
At the height of the lockdown in March, when the government suspended all forms of public transportation, Pasig City continued to allow tricycles to operate so essential workers can be ferried to their workplaces — a move frowned upon by the interior department.
This led to the National Bureau of Investigation launching a probe against Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto.