DOH: “Pag dating sa public transport, kahit kayo ay nakapila lang, kailangan niyo isuot ang mask”
DOH — The Department of Health said that commuters must keep wearing their face mask while waiting in line for public transportation.
As the easing of the wearing of face mask looms, DOH Officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a media briefing on Friday that commuters must keep their face mask on even if they’re waiting in line for public transportation.
“Pag dating sa public transport, kahit kayo ay nakapila lang, kailangan niyo isuot ang mask,” Vergeire said.
Earlier, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) recommended the voluntary wearing of face masks in open spaces by year-end.
According to Vergeire, face masks should only be removed in “low-risk settings” and by “low-risk individuals”. She added that face masks should only be removed in areas that are not crowded and with good ventilation.
Vergeire also encouraged parents to continue the use of face masks for their children, especially since face-to-face classes are held indoors most of the time.
“What we would like to give as message to the public regarding this matter, kailangan tayo, in our own way, ma-assess natin ‘yung risk natin,” Vergeire said.
In an interview on ANC’s “Headstart” on Tuesday, Vergeire said that the DOH prefers to keep the mandatory wearing of face masks in the country and this was the health department’s position during the first meeting of the IATF on Monday.
Vergeire also noted that the COVID-19 cases in the Philippines were “manageable” and severe and critical cases are on a plateau while hospital admissions are less than 30 percent.