Face masks in vehicles only required when riding with others — DOTr, DOH

Face masks in vehicles only required when riding with others â DOTr, DOH
A policeman wearing a facemask stands guard at a checkpoint after the government imposed an enhanced quarantine as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Manila on March 25, 2020.
AFP / Ted Aljibe, file

MANILA, Philippines — Government agencies on Thursday clarified that motorists need not wear face masks if they are driving a private vehicle alone.

The Department of Health and the Department of Transportation said this in a joint statement containing the guidelines for mandatory mask-wearing in private vehicles. "When traveling alone, the driver may remove his/her face mask."

"When the driver is with passenger/s, it is mandatory for all individuals inside the vehicle to properly wear a face mask, regardless if they are from the same household," the departments also said.

They added that the guidelines were made in consultation with the country's coronavirus task force.

The agencies also said that they would coordinate with the Land Transportation Office, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic, the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group, and other concerned offices and units concerning the proper implementation of the rule.

The Land Transportation Office on Monday was the first to announce the rule, stirring confusion over whether fines, supposedly P2,000 for private vehicles and P5,000 for public vehicles, were already being implemented. The DOTr on Tuesday clarified that fines and apprehensions should not be implemented yet pending the release of guidelines from concerned agencies.

The policy has drawn flak from motorists in recent days who have questioned why members of the same household are being required to wear face masks when in a vehicle when they are not required to mask up at home. — Bella Perez-Rubio with a report from Franco Luna

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September 23, 2021 - 4:09pm

The Department of Health reports 17,411 more COVID-19 cases, bringing the country's overall count to 2,434,753.

  • Active cases: 165,790 or 6.8% of the total
  • Recoveries: 14,090, bringing the number to 2,231,558
  • Deaths: 177, or now 37,405 in total
September 22, 2021 - 5:31pm

The Department of Health registers 15,592 more COVID-19 cases, bringing the national tally to 2,417,419.

  • Active cases: 162,580 or 6.7% of the total
  • Recoveries: 24,059, bringing the number to 2,217,611
  • Deaths: 154, or now 37,228 in total
September 18, 2021 - 4:07pm

The Department of Health logs an additional 23,134 COVID-19 infections, the second highest daily increase in cases since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Active cases184,088 or 7.8% of the total
  • Recoveries27,024 or, bringing total to 2,126,879
  • Deaths255, raising toll to 36,583
September 17, 2021 - 4:09pm

The Department of Health authorities reports 20,336 more COVID-19 cases, pushing the national tally to 2,324,475.

  • Active cases: 188,108 or 8.1% of the total
  • Recoveries: 10,028, bringing the number to 2,100,039
  • Deaths: 310, or now 36,328 in total
August 5, 2021 - 4:55pm

With 8,127 new coronavirus infections reported Thursday, the Philippines' coronavirus tally is now at 1,627,816.

  • Recoveries: 4,343 new; 1,532,494 total
  • Deaths: 196 new; 28,427 total
  • Active cases: 66,895 or 4.1% total
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