Individuals driving by themselves in a car are not absolutely required to wear face masks, a clarification released by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Palawan stated.

The LTO issued the clarification apparently in reaction to online discussions about its Memorandum Circular No. 2020-2185.

However, the LTO stressed that wearing a face mask is part of proper health and safety protocols being implemented during the pandemic.

“In order to observe proper health and safety protocols, everyone is enjoined to wear face masks inside their vehicles, whether public or private. But, as clarified by LTO, this does not apply to individuals driving their private vehicles alone,” LTO Executive Director Vera Cruz said.

She added that wearing of face masks is “mandatory” if there are other passengers in the car..

“However, if the private individual has passengers with him inside the vehicle, wearing of face masks is mandatory,” Cruz said.