PBBM approves voluntary mask-wearing outdoors

In this file photo, a city hall employee helps a student put on a face mask during the opening of classes at a school in Quezon City, suburban Manila on 22 August 2022. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

September 12, 2022

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has signed Executive Order No. 3, allowing the voluntary use of masks in outdoor settings, Malacañang announced on Monday.

“We issued today EO No. 3 allowing the voluntary wearing of face masks in outdoor settings and reiterating the continued implementation of minimum public health standards during the state of public health emergency relating to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Press Secretary Trixie Cruz Angeles announced in a Palace press briefing.

The President, she said, has allowed the “voluntary wearing of face masks in open spaces and non-crowded outdoor areas with good ventilation.”

Meanwhile, non-fully vaccinated individuals, senior citizens, and immunocompromised individuals “are highly encouraged to wear their masks and physical distancing will be observed at all times.”

The Press Secretary noted that masks shall continue to be worn in “indoor, private or public establishments, including in public transportation by land, air or sea and in outdoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.”

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