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Nograles: No need to wear face mask when driving alone

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Tuesday said drivers who are alone in their vehicles need not wear masks while driving.

Nograles, co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), cited an advisory from the Department of Health that "those driving alone may remove their masks while inside their vehicle."

"I think that is only logical; if there is no one in the vehicle with you, you cannot infect anyone else,” he said.

Earlier, Land Transportation Office (LTO) Director Clarence Guinto said persons inside private or public vehicles must wear face masks to protect themselves against COVID-19.

However, LTO chief Edgar Galvante clarified on Tuesday that they will not apprehend or impose fines for now on violators of its policy that passengers inside a vehicle, whether or not they are in the same household, must wear face masks.

He said the IATF and DOH are currently reviewing the policy since it does not differentiate those who are living in the same residence and those who are not.—AOL, GMA News