Philippines set to make face masks optional indoors

2022-10-26

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is set to issue an executive order making the wearing of face masks indoors voluntary a month after loosening rules on wearing them outdoors.

 

This was confirmed by Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco to reporters. Masks will still be required in public transportation and in medical settings, she said.

Marcos issued Executive Order No. 3 in September making wearing masks outdoors optional as well in open areas that are not too crowded.

 

The Department of Health at the time said that it would prefer to keep wearing face masks mandatory to reduce coronavirus transmission.

 

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, economic managers at the time pointed to the number of tourist arrivals that would increase if the mask mandates are removed.

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