SOME malls in Cebu have required mall goers to wear face shields following the directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to wear one for added protection against Covid-19.
SM Malls, in a statement to SunStar Cebu, said mall goers should wear face shields inside its premises.
“There is mandatory wearing of face shields in SM City Cebu, SM Seaside City and SM City Consolacion,” it said.
Rival mall Ayala Center Cebu, in a Facebook message on Tuesday, Aug. 25, said it has not yet required its shoppers to wear face shields.
“Not right now, but we require wearing a mask upon mall entry. If you have a face shield available, that would be really great,” it said.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 Consumer Protection Division assured the public that it is monitoring the prices of face shields that are sold in the market.
DTI 7 sent staff on Sunday, Aug. 23 to a mall in Cebu City to check the veracity of complaints on the selling of overpriced non-medical face shields.
There were two tenants allowed by the mall to sell face shields at its three entrances.
The non-medical face shields with eye frame are sold at P55, which is well within the Department of Health (DOH) Suggested Retail Price (SRP).
Under the DOH Department Memorandum 0345, 10 percent may be added to the SRP to cover the distribution cost for the Visayas and Mindanao areas.
However, there are other face shields sold in the market that are not covered under the specifications for non-medical grade face shield set by the DOH such as those with caps, hats, goggles, acrylic material and other features.
“Consumers are advised to exercise their right of choice,” the DTI 7 said.
The DTI 7 assured it will continue to assist the DOH in monitoring the price of covered face shields and its supply.
“So far, there is adequate supply of non-medical face shields for community use,” it added. (JOB)