Mayor Isko Moreno Says Face Shields No Longer Mandatory in Manila

Mayor Isko Moreno has announced today, November 8, that the use of face shields is no longer required in the City of Manila, except in hospitals.

Manila’s City Council has yet to sign Executive Order No. 42 to formalize the policy. Mayor Isko told reporters that he has always thought of face shields as “useless” as he fails to find the scientific basis behind it supposedly helping stop the spread of the deadly virus.

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“It’s not mandatory anymore… para naman sa ganoon, maibsan ‘yung gastusin ng mga tao,” he said. “Siguro naman sa dami ng pag-aaral sa mundo, ang face shield ay wala naman talagang bisa. Ito ay nakadadagdag lang sa basura.

[Translation: “It’s not mandatory anymore… that way, we can also help people lessen their expenses. I believe with all the studies made around the world, we can conclude that face shields do not work. They just add to our trash.]

He has also asked owners of business establishments within the city to start accepting customers without face shields as long as they are wearing face masks.

As of Sunday, November 7, there were 324 reported COVID-19 positive cases in Manila, according to Mayor Isko.

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