Boracay tourists must wear face shields except when swimming

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 18) — Tourists in Boracay should wear face shields on top of face masks except when they go swimming, a local official said Friday.

"Kailangan doblehin ang pag-iingat lalo na at parami ng parami ang pumapasok sa isla ngayong holiday season," Aklan Provincial Health Office chief Dr. Cornelio Quachon Jr. told CNN Philippines in an interview.

[Translation: We need to be doubly careful especially now that more and more tourists are entering the island.]

This is in line with the recent directive of the COVID-19 task force for everyone to wear face masks and face shields in public areas to minimize transmission, Quachon said. Previously, face shields were only required when riding public transportation and entering enclosed establishments. 

The Malay Tourism Office said there were 3,703 Boracay tourists from December 1 to 12. Of the number, 2,917 were from Luzon.

In June, only visitors from Western Visayas could go to Boracay. In October, the task force finally allowed tourists from areas under general community quarantine to enter the island paradise, subject to conditions, including a negative result on a swab test taken at least 72 hours prior to arrival in Boracay.

Other protocols to take note of could be found here.

Meanwhile, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has instructed the Department of Health and other national government agencies to issue a consolidated advisory on the proper use of face shields in public, IATF and Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement on Friday.