Trade department eases face mask sale restriction

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 23) — Retailers are now allowed to sell face mask in packs of 10 for every buyer as supplies stabilize, the Department of Trade and Industry said Saturday.

“Ibig sabihin nun, nag-no-normalize na, nakakahabol na ang supply sa demand,” DTI chief Ramon Lopez told a Laging Handa briefing.

[Translation: This means that supply normalizes, that supply is catching up to demand.]

Lopez also assured the public of ample supply of alcohol, with more local manufacturers producing “critical health products.”

The recent development comes amid the mandatory face mask use for people going outside their homes.

Two months ago, DTI limited the purchase of face masks of any type or brand to five pieces per consumer to control panic buying and hoarding over the coronavirus outbreak.

The DTI previously urged consumers to purchase basic goods and essential medical supplies in quantities enough to meet their household needs for a maximum of a week.