Mask-wearing still required on public transportation and healthcare facilities – DOH – Manila Bulletin

Wearing face masks on public transportation and medical facilities is still “mandatory” as the country is set to make the use of face masks in indoor settings voluntary, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

This is based on the decision of the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the DOH said.

“Consistent with the IATF resolution, the wearing of face masks in indoor environments is optional except” in special environments, the DOH said in a brief statement.

These settings include healthcare facilities, including but not limited to clinics, hospitals, laboratories, nursing homes, dialysis clinics; medical transportation and public transportation, the DOH said.

On Oct. 25, Tourism Department Secretary Christina Frasco said President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will soon issue an executive order to make the wearing of face masks in indoor environments voluntary nationwide.

Frasco said mask-wearing is still strongly encouraged for the unvaccinated, those with comorbidities and the elderly.

With the relaxation of the face mask rule, the DOH also warned of a possible spike in Covid-19 cases in the coming months. The country is expected to see at least 2,500 to 18,000 cases per day.

The DOH has continuously reminded the public to get vaccinated and boost up against the Covid-19 virus.

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