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Face shields not required again outdoors – Duterte

Rambo Talabong
Face shields not required again outdoors – Duterte

Face shield, face mask, Caloocan City August 19, 2020.

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'No more face shields outside,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Face shields will not be required outdoors in the Philippines once more, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday evening, September 22.

“No more face shields outside,” Duterte said during his Talk to the People late-night address.

He said they will only be required in areas that are identified as “3Cs”: closed, crowded, and close-contact.

Duterte said he had ordered the swift release of guidelines for the new policy.

Duterte said he approved the recommendation after experts urged him to loosen the face shield mandate. 

The latest instruction came months after the Duterte government kept confusing Filipinos. On June 21, Malacañang announced that face shields would not be required outdoors. But in the evening of the same day, Duterte said they were required again.

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.