Rama welcomes Palace allowing voluntary use of face mask outdoors
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama on Monday, September 12, welcomed the decision of the Malacañang to allow the optional use of face masks in non-crowded, well-ventilated outdoor spaces.
“I appreciate it very much and I want to look at it… I look at it as managing COVID vis-a-vis economic recovery,” said Rama in a phone interview with reporters.
The mayor also said Executive Order (EO) No. 3 of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. ‘settled matters’ when it comes to debates surrounding the voluntary use of face masks.
Despite this, Rama said he would keep his EO on the non-obligatory use of face masks in outdoor settings through a trial and observation period.
“Wala koy gi-drop, nganong i-drop man, as is man na siya. Complementing man nang duha. Pagkahuman makita nimo wala na, I mean nindot na kaayo tan-awon na, wala’y i-drop, unsa may i-drop”, Rama clarified.
(I have not dropped anything, why would I drop it, it will be as is. Both are complementing each other. Then after that you can see that there is no cases anymore, I mean it is good to see, but I did not drop anything, what will I drop.)
Wearing of face masks in uncrowded, well-ventilated outdoor spaces is now voluntary, Malacañang has announced on Monday.
Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said Malacañang issued Executive Order No. 3, allowing the voluntary wearing of face masks outdoors, as long as these areas would not be crowded and would have adequate ventilation.
However, immunocompromised persons, senior citizens, and individuals not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are “strongly encouraged” to continue wearing face masks. / with reports from INQUIRER.net
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