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Duterte lifts use of face shields in areas under Alert Level 1 to 3

President Rodrigo Duterte announced Monday night, November 15, that the use face shields in areas under Alert Levels 1 to 3 will no longer be required.

“You can dispense with the shield but not the mask,” he said, which is a necessary protection versus COVID-19.

Negros Occidental and the rest of Western Visayas, and Negros Oriental are currently under Alert Level 2 until November 30.

The president approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force making the use of face shields “voluntary” in areas under Alert Levels 1 to 3.

In areas under Alert Level 4, “local government units (LGUs) and private establishments are given the discretion to mandate the use of face shields,” and “for Alert Level 5 and granular lockdowns, the use of face shields in community settings shall be mandatory,” the IATF resolution said.*

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