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Masks mandatory in ECQ areas

Francis Wakefield

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Areas under the enhanced community quarantine must require residents out of their houses to wear masks of any kind. (AFP)

Wearing masks or other kinds of face shield will now be mandatory for persons going out to buy food, medicines and other essential items, another move to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Cabinet Secretary and Inter-Agency-Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in a press briefing on Thursday that areas placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) must adopt the policy.

Mandatory wearing of face masks, earloop masks, indigenous, reusable or do-it-yourself masks, face shields, handkerchiefs or such other protective equipment can effectively lessen the transmission of COVID-19, Nograles said.

Local government units will issue the necessary executive orders or ordinances that will include imposition of penalites as may be appropriate.

“Sa mga lugar kung saan ipinapatupad ang ECQ, lahat po ng mga kababayan natin na lalabas sa kanilang tahanan para mamili ay required na po gumamit ng face mask, panyo, face shields o anumang kagamitan na makakatulong sa pagpigil ng pagkalat ng COVID-19 virus,” Nograles said.

“Uulitin ko po: kung kailangan po nating lumabas ng bahay, kailangan po mag mask. Kahit improvised ito o panyo, basta po may pangtakip tayo ng bibig at ilong.”

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