WEARING of face shields will now be “voluntary” use only in the 3Cs settings — crowded places, close contact settings, and confined and enclosed spaces — the City Government of Davao said through an executive order (EO).
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued EO 51-A, providing guidelines on the use of face shields. This is an amendment to EO 51, which adopted the national policy of the mandatory wearing of face shields in areas that are “closed and crowded.”
EO 51-A states, “Face shields shall be for voluntary use in the 3Cs settings: crowded places, close contact settings, and confined and enclosed spaces.”
“For all other places, the use of the face shield shall not be required,” the EO wrote.
The following are the specifications on the use of face shields under the 3Cs: crowded places — defined as areas where there is a mass gathering of individuals, which include but are not limited to swab sites, vaccination sites, evacuation centers, distribution of assistance, and Comelec voters’ registration; close contact settings — defined as contact between individuals within six feet of each other for a total of 15 minutes or more; and confined and enclosed spaces — defined as indoor structures with roof and walls and without open windows.
The updated use of face shields is in accordance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement on September 22, 2021, to limit the use of face shields to the 3Cs as recommended by the Technical Advisory Group.
The President earlier extended the State of Calamity in the country until September 12, 2022 through Presidential Proclamation 1218.