In the Philippines, face masks are no longer required for outdoor activities. On Monday, September 12, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles made the announcement of Executive Order No. 3 and provided an explanation of the new rules on the “voluntary” wearing of face masks outside. Yes, it appears that we can begin letting go after almost two years. See the updated guidelines below.
Face masks are now “optional” in the Philippines when outside.
President Bongbong Marcos’ Executive Order No. 3 reiterates the minimal public health standards and permits the “voluntary usage of face masks in outdoor situations.” After all, COVID-19 is still very much active.
According to the Executive Order, areas with good ventilation and open spaces are places where you can decide whether to use face masks or not (EO). However, it is “highly suggested” for non-vaccinated people, the elderly, and immunocompromised people to continue using them. Physical separation is necessary at all times.
Face masks must still be worn in “interior private or public establishments, including in public transportation by land, air or sea, and in outdoor settings where physical distance cannot be maintained,” according to the guidelines.
The rules for the minimum public health standards will be updated by the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force, who may also make recommendations.
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