People are no longer required to wear masks at all times outdoors, and the weekly cap of arrivals has been increased to 200,000.
After a comprehensive assessment of the epidemic situation, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced the loosening of its mask-wearing rules and related epidemic prevention measures, and an increase in the weekly cap of arriving passengers to 200,000 people, starting 1 December 2022.
Under the new rules, people are no longer required to wear masks at all times outdoors. However, the mask-wearing rules for outdoor, large-scale year-end/New Year’s Eve countdown events will be further discussed based on recent developments in the pandemic situation.
The mask mandate, which requires masks to be worn at all times, will remain in place for indoor settings (including inside a vehicle, such as train, ship, and aircraft). However, a face mask will not be required indoors in the following situations:
- When exercising, singing, or taking individual/group photos;
- When driving by oneself (driving alone) or with live-in family members;
- When livestreaming, filming, moderating an event, reporting, delivering remarks, giving a speech, lecturing, or during activities or events involving conversations with others;
- 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;
- When consuming food/beverages outside;
- Masks may be temporarily removed for venues or activities that comply with the CECC’s or competent authority’s epidemic prevention regulations.
Moreover, toasting each table will no longer be banned at banquets inside dining venues.
However, the CECC reminded that people should carry a mask with them or have one ready for use. People with allergies, chronic diseases, fever, or respiratory symptoms are still advised to wear masks in crowded areas or when social distancing with unknown persons cannot be maintained.
On the other hand, effective 00:00 on 1 December 2022 (incoming flight's scheduled arrival time), Taiwan will increase the weekly cap of arriving passengers to 200,000 people. Further, the weekly cap of arriving passengers will be removed on 10 December 2022 (incoming flight's scheduled arrival time).
The CECC reminded that four rapid test kits will be given to inbound travallers at international airports/ports upon arrival. They must use the test kits during the seven-day self-initiated prevention period.
Travellers who have experienced any suspected COVID-19 symptoms in the 14 days before arrival should voluntarily report their symptoms to Taiwan CDC's quarantine officers at airports/ports. Such travellers should cooperate in undergoing a test at the airport/port and taking designated vehicles to go home.
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