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Effective from September 1, 3+4 quarantine policy to remain in place for arrivals; one person per room rule to be adopted during four days of self-initiated epidemic prevention (C/8-2)

On August 15, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that, effective from September 1, mandatory quarantine for arrivals will remain to be three days of quarantine and four days of self-initiated epidemic prevention. Furthermore, the one person per room rule will be adopted for the four-day period of self-initiated epidemic prevention. Related rules are listed below.

I. Quarantine period and location:

A. Three days of quarantine: quarantining at home or a residence of a friend or family member, with the one person per room rule being followed, or staying at a quarantine hotel.

B. Four days of self-initiated epidemic prevention:
1. An arrival may undergo self-initiated epidemic prevention at his or her home or a residence of his friend or family that meets the one person per room rule. This rule means a room used to undergo self-initiated epidemic prevention, in principle, should have a bathroom. An arrival may not stay at a general hotel.
2. After completing the three-day quarantine, an arrival can go to a place that meets the one person per room rule to undergo self-initiated epidemic prevention without applying with his or her local government to change his or her place of lodging during the self-initiated epidemic prevention period.

II. The testing measures and quarantine as well as self-initiated epidemic prevention rules for arrivals remain unchanged. Those violating related rules are subject to penalties between NT$10,000 and NT$150,000 according to Articles 58 and 69 of the Communicable Disease Control Act.

A. Testing measures:
1. PCR testing: deep-throat saliva samples will be collected from arrivals for PCR testing at the airport/port on the day of arrival (Day 0).
2. At-home rapid tests: two rapid test kits will be given to arrivals aged 2 and older by workers at international airports/ports upon arrival; arrivals can use the test kits when symptoms occur during quarantine and before they go out for the first time during the self-initiated epidemic prevention period.

B. Epidemic prevention rules to follow during the self-initiated epidemic prevention period:
1. Avoid going outside unless necessary.
2. A negative result from an at-home rapid test taken within two days should be presented if an arrival needs to go out to work or buy daily necessities.
3. Masks must be worn at all times when outside and social distancing must be maintained.
4. An arrival fulfilling business contractual obligations may go to work, conduct site visits, give a speech, or have a meeting, provided that a mask must be worn at all times when outside and social distancing must be maintained. Masks must be worn at all times when outside and social distancing must be maintained.
5. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be maintained at work; masks can be temporarily removed when dining and should be put on after finishing dining.
6. Avoid going to crowded venues or contact with nonspecific persons.
7. An arrival fulfilling business contractual obligations may dine alone or with specific persons in a separate space in a restaurant provided that table dividers must be installed, or social distancing must be maintained.
8. Non-urgent medical services or examinations should be postponed.

The CECC re-emphasized that the quarantine policy is an important key to prevent COVID-19 pandemic, and the public should abide by the above-mentioned rules to keep the communities in Taiwan safe.