No need to wear face shields when biking in Pasig City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 19) — People biking in Pasig City do not have to wear face shields on top of their face masks to avoid potential dangers, the local government announced Saturday.

"Wearing a face shield obstructs view and makes breathing difficult," Pasig's City Transport Development and Management Office said on Twitter. "Meanwhile, biking naturally isolates riders from other commuters."

The city government is exempting bikers from wearing face shields, a requirement set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for people in public areas. The IATF said exemptions may be announced when the relevant agencies come up with a consolidated advisory on the proper use of face shields.

The Department of Health is also not recommending everyone to wear face shields, saying people with certain health conditions may experience difficulty in breathing, while some workers may be put at risk since the plastic shields can obscure their vision.

Although other countries managed to flatten the infection curve without requiring face shields, the DOH maintained it would provide additional protection against the virus, which is mainly spread through respiratory droplets and exposure to infected patients.

The Philippines has recorded over 458,000 cases of the coronavirus disease since the outbreak began. It continues to report around 1,000 to 2,000 new infections daily even as the entire country remains under varying levels of community quarantine.