Isko signs ordinance mandating face masks in public in Manila

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Posted at Apr 15 2020 11:45 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno wears a face mask while at work. Photo courtesy of Manila PIO Facebook

MANILA - Residents of Manila are now required to wear face masks in public to avoid further infections of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the capital, Mayor Isko Moreno announced on Wednesday. 

In a live Facebook video, Moreno said he signed the city's Ordinance No. 8627, which mandates the use of face masks in all public places within Manila.

The mayor said residents can wear any kind of face mask as long as they use them in public.

"Pwede po 'yung ginawa ninyo, pwede yung binigay ng siyudad na washable, o surgical mask. Basta kung lalabas po tayo, para maiwasan at mapaliit natin ang probability na magkandahawahawa tayo, habang tayo ay gumagamit ng quarantine pass upang bumili ng mga kakailanganin sa loob ng bahay," Moreno said.

He earlier said they will distribute around 600,000 face masks to families in the city.

The capital recorded 24 more cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing its total tally to 368.