Yesterday, the Department of Transport released a memo requiring all those taking public transport to wear a face shield. That said rule will be enforced by August 15, 2020. However, there are some asking is if it's required to be worn inside private vehicles as well.

If you take a closer read of the memo, there is no mention of the private sector. With that, it means the private sector sticks with the current status quo. As it stands, those driving alone in private vehicles are not required to wear a face mask while driving. That also means those in said vehicles are do not have to wear a face shield while in transit either.

What about passengers in private vehicles? Again, there is no mention of the face shield requirement for that. However, the face mask rule still applies so if you have a passenger with you in your vehicle, both must wear a mask. For as long as you are in a private vehicle, you are not included in the shield rule.

With that cleared up, both passengers and drivers in Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) must wear the shield on top of the face masks. Some could argue that requiring a face shield for the driver could impede vision, but it remains to be seen how the country's PUV drivers will react to this. That said, the Department of Transport (DOTr) still has a week to iron out details before they publish the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

This new rule is not just for land transport either. The face shield rule also applies to the aviation sector, airports, railway transport, and the maritime sector.

That means airline pilots, train conductors, ship captains, among others, must wear face shields.