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.
The Philippines is the only country in the world that required face shields both indoors and outdoors.