Cyclists, other active transport users not required to use face shield, DOH reiterates

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) — The Department of Health reiterated on Thursday that users of non-motorized transport such as cyclists are not required to use face shields, citing its potential safety risks.

A DOH statement said its memorandum 2020-0534 exempts active transport users from wearing face shields.

It said in addition, the Joint Memorandum Circular 2021-0001 of the DOH and various other departments provides clarifications on the mandatory use of face shields outside of residence. It quoted the order as saying 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.”

However, the agency said face shields must be worn when people are not riding a bike or using other human-powered modes of travel.

The reminder came after cyclists and other active transport users were arrested for not wearing face shields.

The country’s COVID-19 task force has earlier made it mandatory for everyone to wear a face shield on top of a face mask in public areas to help prevent COVID-19 transmission. Prior to this policy, face shields were only required when riding public transportation and entering enclosed establishments.