The fight against COVID-19 is still ongoing and numerous safety protocols are still being observed. One of these is the strict and proper wearing of protective gear like face masks and face shields. More and more places in the country are requiring people to wear face shields for protection, and among them is Baguio City.
In addition to the established health protocols in Baguio, a new ordinance was also impoised that requires locals and tourists to wear face shields along with face masks when in public places. The face shield ordinance in Baguio was implemented to help lessen the transmission of the virus by protecting the eyes and entire face. Read below and find out the details and prohibitions of the new face shield ordinance in Baguio.
Baguio Face Mask and Face Shield Ordinance of 2021
Baguio City implemented Ordinance No. 27, Series of 2021 known as the “Baguio Face Mask and Face Shield Ordinance of 2021 and the Regulation of Indiscriminate Disposal of Personal Protective Equipment in the City of Baguio”. The ordinance, which took effect last March 17, 2021, mandates all residents and tourists of the province to properly wear face masks and face shields when going to public places including workspaces, supermarkets, shopping malls, and other similar establishments; national highways and roads; and public conveyances.
The ordinance also covers the proper disposal of used and damaged face masks and shields. Under it, hoarding, profiting, and manipulating the prices of face shield prices in Baguio and other personal protective equipment sold to the general public are also strictly prohibited. Meanwhile, public utility vehicles in the province will adopt Memorandum 2020-014, which requires passengers to wear face shields. The “no face mask and face shield, no ride” policy will also be followed as part of the safety protocols in Baguio.
Anyone who violates the ordinance will be penalized and fined PhP500 for the first offense; PhP1,000 for the second offense; and PhP2,000 on the third offense plus confiscation of business permit if applicable. If the violator is a minor, the accompanying parent or guardian will be fined.
After witnessing an alarming increase of cases in the city, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong hopes that all residents and visitors strictly adhere to the ordinance. The fight may or may not be far from over, but until then, he hopes that everyone complies and does what they need to help put a stop to this pandemic.
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