Mayor Benjamin Magalong issued Executive Order No. 118 s 2020 mandating that all workers, employees particularly receiving personnel in business establishments, banks and government offices in the city should use face shields while performing their duties effective August 5, 2020.
It has been noted that there is an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the city as a result of the eased restrictions due to the implementation of the Modified General Community Quarantine combined with the aggressive operations of the expanded testing for members of the community and various sectors in the city.
With the current situation, the city government reiterated to the people of Baguio that they should be vigilant, and take necessary precautions to protect themselves and those around them from transmission of COVID-19. Preventive measures include mandatory wearing of face masks, observance of social distancing and constant proper washing or disinfecting of hands and frequently touched surfaces or materials and now the wearing of face shields.
“Extra vigilance must be had in areas where there is constant person to person interaction, especially in enclosed spaces, such as business establishments, banks, and government offices. Although minimum public health standards are prescribed by national health authorities to limit risk transmission, additional measures as such the use of face shields or transparent physical barriers must be implemented,” the EO stated.
The primary reason for the face shield requirement among workers is to avoid aerosolized transmission through person-to-person interaction. Employees are allowed momentary breaks from face shield usage when they are not physically interacting with their clients or co-workers.
Magalong earlier issued EO No. 93 that mandates all workers, employees and vendors in the public market, satellite markets, supermarkets, grocery stores, and drivers of public utility vehicles to further wear face shields, face masks, and hand gloves.
Meanwhile, Magalong requested the Department of Trade and Industry Baguio-Benguet Office to closely monitor movements in prices of face shields in the city. This after the mayor received reports that face shield costs had skyrocketed following his order on the mandatory wearing of the facial protective gear among workers in the city.
For overpriced face shields and other products sold online, please report to DTI CAR at telephone numbers (074) 442 7859, (074) 442 8634, and DTI Baguio: (074) 665 3526.
The requirement on the use of face shield was mandated following the announcement of the Department of Transportation that all passengers using any mode of public transportation throughout the country are required to wear face shields, aside from face masks effective August 15, 2020. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis