Taipei to Start Requiring Masks on MRT, Buses|北市府擬4/9後 搭捷運.公車強制戴口罩
In addition to social distancing, the Taipei City Government is planning on asking passengers on the MRT and buses to wear masks for the entire duration of the journey. It is now discussing with New Taipei City and the new policy may go into effect on April 9.
The central government is recommending social distancing and mask wearing on the MRT to combat COVID-19. The Taipei City Government plans to start requiring masks on public buses and the MRT starting Apr. 9 after the nine-masks-every-14-days purchasing policy goes into effect. Taipei City Vice Mayor Huang Shan-shan says authorization from the central government will be needed to fine violators.
Starting Apr. 9, people without masks will be banned from getting on public buses and the MRT. We are consulting with New Taipei City and will make a joint announcement. However, we will need authorization from the central government to fine violators.
As soon as the Centers of Disease Control announces the Communicable Disease Control Act, we will be able to issue fines. We hope to implement this immediately.
Meanwhile, the government is also dealing with a littering problem caused by people discarding used masks on the street. The Taipei City Department of Environmental Protection has raised fines for improper mask disposal to NT$3,600 for the first violation and NT$6,000 for repeat offenses. Tipsters will be awarded 30 percent of the fine. Taipei has the highest number of infections in Taiwan, and has set up an outreach center where residents can get assistance from retired medical personnel. The city is calling on the Tsai administration to send all travelers returning from Europe and the US to central quarantine facilities.
New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih, meanwhile, is personally checking in with residents in quarantine over the phone.
Mayor Hou Yu-ih here. Are you at home? By using Line, I can see you and you can see me and I know where you are. I don't need to waste your time by going to your house to make sure you're there. I think this is a good format.
There are currently 8,394 people in home quarantine in New Taipei City. Hou says there have been 76 quarantine violations so far, with total fines of NT$7.2 million issued. Those that are caught violating their quarantine will be sent to central quarantine centers.
新北市長 侯友宜表示：「傳染病防治法，只要一公告，我們就有罰則，所以我們希望CDC只要一公告, 我們就馬上立即實施. ]
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