Thomasians told to still wear facemasks indoors despite eased masking policy

Artlets return to campus for their first face-to-face classes since the pandemic. Photo by Andrei Duran/THE FLAME

DESPITE THE government’s decision to relax the masking mandate, University officials advised Thomasians to continue wearing face masks in indoor settings, citing the rising number of COVID-19 infections.

Executive Order No. 7 signed by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. last Oct. 28 made the wearing of face masks voluntary in indoor areas and enclosed spaces.

In response to the Palace order, the Office of the Secretary-General issued a memorandum “strongly” recommending the wearing of facemasks in enclosed spaces and indoor areas where ventilation may be compromised.”

“Proper wearing of facemask will help prevent the spread and transmission of disease, providing protection to you and your family members as well as other people in the community,” UST Secretary-General Fr. Louie Coronel said in the memorandum dated Nov. 4.

The memorandum noted that the continuous use of face masks reduces chances of contracting the infection, and prevents the spread of the disease.

Coronel also urged Thomasians to complete their COVID-19 booster doses in the earliest possible time to mitigate the risks of catching COVID-19.

Last September, the University made the use of face masks in outdoor areas optional. F – S. L. Macaraeg

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