With the outbreak of five local cases in Yilan and one case of unknown origin in New Taipei City, Taiwan has entered the community transmission stage.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) raised epidemic warning to Level 2, effective from yesterday to 8 June, a total of four weeks. As pursuant to the heightened alert level, restrictive measures regarding outings, gatherings, and public transportation are put in place as follows:
- Members of the public should avoid crowded venues and to wear a mask at places with high risks of infection and transmission. Those who do not wear face masks may be fined.
- Organizers of gatherings and activities should adopt measures that ensure social distancing and mask-wearing, use partitions, keep a record of participants’ contact information, take temperatures, sanitize environments, and institute crowd flow control, capacity limits and route arrangement. Organizers failing to adopt these measures should cancel their activities.
- In principle, organizers should cancel outdoor activities of more than 500 people and indoor activities of more than 100 people. However, if organizers of such gatherings and activities can arrange designated seats for participants and spare a seat from the next participant; keep a record of participants’ contact information; ensure participants wear masks all the time; and prohibit consumption of food and beverages, organizers may hold such events after submitting disease prevention plans to the local regulatory authority and obtaining permission.
- Business owners and public venue management units should take measures that ensure social distancing and mask-wearing, use partitions, keep a record of customers’ contact information, take temperatures, sanitize environments, and institute crowd flow control, capacity limits and route arrangement. Those failing to take these measures should suspend their business. When necessary, entertainment and leisure businesses and public areas will be closed. Dance halls, hostess bars, bars, tea houses, saunas, and massage parlors will be required to implement a real-name ID registration system
- Food and beverage service owners should keep a record of customers’ contact information; sanitize/disinfect environments regularly; ensure staff members wear masks, maintain hand hygiene, take customers’ temperatures, sanitize customers’ hands, provide serving utensils, and provide assistance in other personal protective measures for customers; and install partitions between customers. Members of the public are advised to choose takeout at food and beverage service venues failing to adopt these measures.
- Consumption of food and beverages is prohibited on Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR) trains, Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) trains, and intercity buses. Starting May 15, no standing ticket shall be sold on THSR intercity trains and TRA intercity trains.
Again, please do wear a mask when attending class, wash hands thoroughly, stay away from crowds, and keep distance from individual people if necessary!
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