Use of face masks, shields now mandatory in Candon City

CANDON CITY — As part of the preventive and safety measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the City Government of Candon imposed through Executive Order (EO) No. 24 s. of 2020 the mandatory use of face masks or face shields in public places within the city beginning Friday, April 3.

City Mayor Ericson Singson, M.D. said this aims to lessen, if not stop, the probability of transmission and mitigate contamination from points of source for the entire duration of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). 

The order mandates all individuals who are authorized to leave their residences or those with official passes to buy food or medicines, to access healthcare services, to access banks and other similar financial institutions or to attend to medical or health emergencies, and those who who are exempted from the ECQ to wear face masks or face shields at all times and in all public places where a transmission of the disease may take place. 

“Public and private establishments are likewise mandated to refuse entry to persons who are not wearing face masks or face shields,” the EO reads. 

Anyone who violates the order may be sanctioned such as, but not limited to reprimand and/or the filing of charges under Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act or other applicable laws.

The Philippine National Police and the Public Safety and Traffic Management Division, together with the barangay officials and other force multipliers, are mandated to enforce the full extent of the order. 

Meanwhile, the same preventive measure has been adopted by the local government units of San Juan, Santa Lucia and Sugpon in their respective municipalities. 

This is in response to the government’s new directive to help reduce the number of persons contracting the disease. 

In a virtual presser on Thursday, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the wearing of face masks will be mandatory for the duration of the ECQ or until April 12.

“For areas placed under ECQ, the IATF hereby adopts the policy of mandatory wearing by all residents of face masks, ear loop masks, indigenous, reusable or do-it-yourself masks, face shields, handkerchiefs, or such other protective equipment that can effectively lessen the transmission of COVID-19, whenever allowed to go out of their residences pursuant to existing guidelines issued by the national government,” Nograles said.

Citing the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), he said face masks can either be store-bought or improvised, given the global shortage of face masks.