Para ‘di mahawa sa COVID-19: Wearing face masks becomes mandatory in QC

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has ordered the mandatory wearing of face masks or face covering in all public places within the city to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Executive Order No. 25, Series of 2020, orders residents to wear any form of covering for the nose and mouth, including medical masks, industrial masks, earloop masks, do-it-yourself masks, cloth masks, improved masks, face shields and the likes.

Public places covered by the ordinance include but are not limited to streets, highway, sidewalks, parking lots, vacant lots, and the common areas in and about churches, apartment, buildings, office buildings, hospitals, schools, malls or shopping centers, commercial establishments and places of entertainment such as movie theaters and similar places or establishments.

Belmonte issued the order after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) enjoined local government units (LGUs) to pass an ordinance requiring the mandatory wearing of facemasks in public places.

Authorities from Quezon City will first distribute masks to people who do not have one so they can comply with the order.

“Bibigyan natin ng masks ang mga magpapatupad ng kautusang ito para ipamigay sa ating mga residente. Para sa susunod, wala nang dahilan para hindi sila sumunod,” Belmonte said.