Starting from March, pandemic prevention measures are relaxed by the Central Epidemic Command Center. However, real-name registration and taking temperature remain strictly required, as shown in the attachment: “3.1-3.31 new prevention measures in venues” (translation below). When entering the Department buildings, please tap your ID card and take temperature. For visitors and personnel for official business, please ask the contact for real-name registration and access to the buildings.
Translation for attachment “3.1-3.31 new prevention measures in venues”:
- Mask rules will be loosened with the addition of four more situations where masks are not required. Masks must be worn at all times when outside except for certain situations.
- Masks remain mandatory when singing.
- Commercial business venues and public venues (including transportation) should implement contact information registration, take temperatures, enhance disinfection of premises, carry out health management among staff, and implement timely responses to the occurrence of confirmed cases.
- Stores, supermarkets, and markets: follow epidemic prevention measures for such commercial business venues/public venues; crowd control will not be required, and food sampling will be allowed.
- Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR), Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA), intercity buses, and ships (except for designated dining areas), and domestic flights: consuming food and beverages will be allowed inside a vehicle (train, ship or aircraft).
- Dining venues should: implement contact information registration, take temperatures, provide hand washing and disinfection equipment; toasting each table will be allowed at banquets.
- Venues that violate the contact information registration or other abovementioned measures will be subject to penalties according to applicable laws and required to make remedies within a given time period; those who fail to do so will not be allowed to offer dine-in services.
- Religious venues and religious gatherings or events: shall abide by epidemic prevention and control regulations issued by the Ministry of Interior.
In the following situations, people will not be required to wear a mask, but they should carry a mask with them. Masks are still required if COVID-19 symptoms are present and social distancing cannot be maintained.
- When exercising outdoors and indoors
- When taking individual/group photos indoors and outdoors
- When driving by oneself or with live-in family members
- When livestreaming, filming, moderating an event, reporting news, delivering remarks, giving a speech, lecturing, or during activities or events involving conversations with others
- When people in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and animal husbandry sectors work in open spaces (such as farm fields, fish ponds, forests and mountains);
- When people are in forests/mountains (including forest recreation areas) and on the beach
- When people are in hot/cold springs, dry sauna rooms, spas, steam rooms, saunas, during water activities, or in venues where masks can get wet easily.
- Masks may be removed when consuming food/beverages outside.
- Masks may be temporarily removed in venues or during activities (e.g. art performers performing a show, film crews/TV news anchors when filming, and athletes and referees participating in sports competitions) that comply with the CECC’s or competent authority’s epidemic prevention and control rules.