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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Education (DepEd) have issued their guidelines adopting Executive Order (EO) No. 7 or the voluntary wearing of face masks.

The DOLE Labor Advisory No. 22 and DepEd Order No. 048, Series of 2022, both state that employees and workers may still enforce a rule requiring the use of face masks in order to prevent the potential spread of contagious diseases and for food safety reasons.

Healthcare facilities, including but not limited to clinics, hospitals, laboratories, nursing homes, and dialysis centers; medical transport vehicles such as ambulances and paramedic rescue vehicles; and public transportation by land, air, or sea should still adhere to the face mask-wearing policy.

The guidelines stated face masks are strongly recommended for the elderly, immunocompromised, unvaccinated, and symptomatic individuals, people with comorbidities, and pregnant women.

They emphasized that everyone has a shared responsibility to ensure safe working conditions.

On October 28, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. signed EO No. 7 imposing the optional wearing of face masks in both indoor and outdoor settings except in healthcare facilities, medical transport vehicles, and public transportation.

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