Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will still require air travelers to wear face masks and face shields.
PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the highest standards of safety continue to be observed on every flight to protect the passengers and their crew against the deadly coronavirus disease.
“Alert levels may have eased, but Philippine Airlines’ safety protocols remain the same,” said Villaluna. “The requirement for passengers to wear face masks and face shields inflight, except during meals, remains in place.”
The PAL management assured that PAL cabin crew frontliners also continue to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) throughout the journey.
“Our HEPA (high-efficiency particulate absorbing) filters cleanse cabin air of bacteria and viruses while disinfection of aircraft surfaces is carried out after every flight. Our flight and cabin crew teams are fully-vaccinated,” said Villaluna.
The government placed the National Capital Region and 38 other areas in the country under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15.
Under Alert Level 1, well-fitted face masks shall be worn properly at all times, whether outdoors or in indoor private or public establishments, including in public transportation by land, air or sea, except when eating and drinking, participating in team and individual sports in venues where ventilation standards can be maintained, and practicing outdoor sports/exercise activities where physical distance can be maintained.
For aviation public transport operating in and out of Alert Levels 1 areas, the passenger capacity will be at 100 percent.
Other areas in Luzon placed under Alert Level 1 include Abra, Apayao, Baguio City and Kalinga in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan in Region I; Batanes, Cagayan, City of Santiago, Isabela and Quirino in Region II; Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Olongapo City, Pampanga and Tarlac in Region III; Cavite and Laguna in Region IV-A; Marinduque, Puerto Princesa City and Romblon in Region IV-B; and Naga City and Catanduanes in Region V.
In the Visayas, among the areas are Aklan, Bacolod City, Capiz, Guimaras, Siquijor, and Biliran; and Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin, and Davao City in Mindanao.