No need to use face shields for cyclists, active transport users — DOH

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The Department of Health (DOH) reiterates that active transport users are not required to use face shields due to its potential safety risks when used during active transport.

This came about after increasing reports of cyclists and other active transport users being arrested for not wearing face shields.

Based on section II(B)(6) of DOH Department Memorandum No. 2020-0534, which provides guidance on the use of face shields for COVID-19 mitigation, “individuals engaged in strenuous activities/work, fine workmanship, operation of transportation vehicles, and active transport” are exempted from wearing face shields.”

Additionally, Section II(A)(5) of the DOH-DTI-DOLE-DILG-DOTr-DPWH-PSC-GAB Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2021-0001, which provides clarificatory guidelines on the mandatory use of face shields outside of residence for COVID-19 mitigation, states that “due to the possible vision impairment face shields bring, bikers and users of other forms of active transport are exempted from the mandatory use of face shields outside of their residences.”

Nevertheless, pursuant to DOH-DOTr-DILG-DPWH Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-0001, the DOH emphasizes that face shields must be worn before and after cycling or other similar activities, and likewise reminds active transport users that the use of face masks and the observance of physical distancing, respiratory hygiene practices, and other appropriate health interventions must continue to be practiced while cycling or engaging in other forms of active transport.

The DOH also expressed its commitment to working with national and local governments to ensure the safe and efficient use of active transport of roads during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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