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Taiwan to ease current mask mandate and other epidemic prevention measures starting July 19 (C/7-1)

On July 19, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced eased mask rules and other epidemic prevention measures after taking into consideration the improving COVID-19 situation in Taiwan and analyzing the developments in the pandemic situation; related details are listed below.
I. Mask rules will be loosened. The mask-wearing rule will be lifted for scooter riders/cyclists, adding one more situation where people are not required to wear masks. Masks are always required when outside except for certain situations.
A. Wearing a mask when singing.
B. Occasions as below are exempt from wearing masks, but they must be carried or prepared all the time. Moreover, if you have related symptoms or cannot keep a social distance from unspecified objects, you should still wear a mask.
1. When working indoors/outdoors.
2. When shooting with individuals/groups.
3. Driving a car alone or with family passengers who live together.
4. When doing the formal shooting or conversational occasion or activities such as live stream, recording, hosting, reporting, remarks, speeches, lectures.
5. When outdoor workers working in open spaces;
6. In mountain forests (including forest recreation areas) and seaside activities.
7. Occasions where easily wet a mask, such as hot/cold springs, dry saunas, spa facilities, saunas, steam rooms, and water activities.
C. To get some food when going out is exempt from wearing a mask.
D. Venues or activities designated by Central Epidemic Command Center or competent authority (e.g., art performances/crew / TV anchors during official performers; athletes and judges during the competition, etc.); people can take off their masks temporally if they meet epidemic prevention measures.
II. Business premises and public places (including transportation) must follow the following rules: 
-Taking a temperature
-Strengthen Cleaning and disinfection of the environment
-Employee healthcare management
-Prompt response to a confirmed case
III. Stores, supermarkets, wet markets: no additional requirements for crowd control and return of food sampling according to epidemic prevention measures in business premises and public places.
IV. High-speed rail, railway, bus service, boats and ships (except for regular dining area), domestic flight: open for food and beverage in vehicles.
V. Catering establishments: taking a temperature and offering handwashing equipment and disinfectant is necessary; SMS contact tracing has been canceled; toasting each table in banquets is not allowed. People who are against the above measures will be determined based on the law. If there is no improvement, then dine-in services will be banned.
VI. Religious gatherings, religious places: according to epidemic prevention measures from the Ministry of the Interior.
The CECC appealed that all individuals have responsibility for epidemic prevention, people should work it independently. More than that, establish a good personal hygiene routine, wear a mask, wash hands, keep a social distance; take a temperature when access to public places. Downloading and using Taiwan Social Distancing APP protects yourself and others, taking care of our community safe