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Taiwan to Ease Current Mask Mandate Starting December 1 (C/11-2)

On November 28, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that mask-wearing rules and related epidemic prevention measures will be loosened in December. More details are listed below.

1. The requirement that people need to always wear a mask outdoors will be canceled. 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.

2. The mask mandate, which requires masks to be always worn, will remain in place for indoor settings (including inside a vehicle, such as a train, ship, or aircraft). A face mask will not be required in some situations.

3. People do not need to wear a mask indoors in the following situations, but they should carry one with them or have one ready for use. Masks are still required if COVID-19 symptoms are present and social distancing with unknown persons cannot be maintained:

a. When exercising, singing, or taking individual/group photos;

b. When driving by oneself (driving alone) or with live-in family members;

c. When live streaming, filming, moderating an event, reporting, delivering remarks, giving a speech, lecturing, or during activities or events involving conversations with others.

d. 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.

4. Masks may be removed when consuming food/beverages outside.

5. Masks may be temporarily removed for venues or activities that comply with the CECC’s or competent authority’s epidemic prevention regulations.

6. Dining venues: toasting each table will no longer be banned at banquets.

The CECC reminded that people with sensitive constitutions, chronic diseases, fever, or respiratory symptoms are still advised to wear masks in crowded areas. Everyone is responsible for epidemic prevention, please follow the epidemic prevention measures independently, maintaining good personal hygiene habits for protecting themselves and others, moreover, jointly maintain the safety of domestic communities. 

They also called on people who have not been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to complete it as soon as possible to protect the health of themselves and their relatives and friends.