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Starting Aug. 15, Employees Will Be Required To Wear Face Shields At Work

The new normal in the workplace is evolving.

Employees reporting physically for work must wear face shields starting August 15, 2020, Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III told reportr on Wednesday. Face shields will also be required in public transportation on the same day.

The additional protection will prevent employees from contracting the virus through their eyes, Bello said. Face masks only cover the mouth. The labor chief said the requirement will apply in all areas, regardless of quarantine classification. Those who fail to comply will be punished, Bello was quoted as saying in media reports.

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In an interview with CNN PhilippinesTrade Undersecretary Irineo Vizmonte said employers should pay for their workers' face shields. Employees in frontline industries will also be required to get tested for COVID-19 every three months, while bigger companies and smaller establishments must have isolation areas and a referral system, respectively.

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