More cities exempt cyclists from wearing face shields

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22) — Two more cities — Valenzuela City and Iloilo City — have announced they are not requiring cyclists in their cities to wear face shields on top of their face masks during a bike ride.

Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian said Tuesday in a statement that he approved “Executive Order Exempting Solo Bikers from Wearing Face Shields While Biking in Valenzuela City.” The EO took effect on Monday, he added.

“Upon the experience of bikers, wearing a face shield obstructs the view, hampers their vision especially when there is a buildup of sweat and moisture within the shield itself, and makes breathing difficult,” Gatchalian noted.

For his part, Iloilo Mayor Jerry Treñas said Sunday in a Facebook post that his previous directive implemented several months ago, which exempts cyclists from wearing face shields, remains, noting this is “for their own safety.” 

On Saturday, the local government Pasig announced there is no need for people in the city to wear face shields when biking, saying they could make breathing difficult.

Earlier, the country’s COVID-19 task force has made it mandatory for people to wear face masks and face shields in public areas to minimize transmission. Previously, face shields were only required when riding public transportation and entering enclosed establishments.

The IATF said exemptions may be announced when relevant agencies come up with a consolidated advisory on the proper use of face shields.

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