The government’s coronavirus task force has required people to wear full face shields on top of their masks when they go outside in anticipation of a spike in COVID-19 cases during the holidays.
Previously, wearing face shields was only required in enclosed spaces such as malls and public transportation.
But the Department of Health said shortly after the new policy was issued that the use of face shields is not advisable if it would lead to visibility problems.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said, “We also do not recommend it for some workers who may be put at risk. The reflection from face shields may affect [eyesight].”
Vergeire added the department is also not recommending the use of face shields for individuals with certain health conditions that make breathing difficult.
Still, Police Lieutenant General Cesar Binag, who heads the government’s COVID-19 task force, said bikers and joggers are not exempted from the rule.