Willingness to adhere to public health measures

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced measures in early April to encourage the general public to maintain proper epidemic-prevention etiquette and observe social distancing.

Non-essential events were banned.

Mandatory rules specified separate social distancing standards for restaurants, school campuses, offices, mass transport, supermarkets, and special institutions such as long-term care facilities and prisons.

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced social distancing measures on April 1, 2020 to encourage the general public, in phases, to maintain proper epidemic-prevention etiquette and observe social distancing, thereby reducing the risk of community transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which continues to spread across the globe. Coming in the wake of a significant number of imported COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, these measures seek to protect people’s rights while bolstering epidemic prevention and control efforts, which could be undermined by infected people who don’t seek medical help or are asymptomatic.

In the first phase, the CECC advised people to avoid going to events where they could come into close contact with others, such as exhibitions, sporting competitions, and concerts, as well as entertainment venues not essential to their livelihood. The CECC further recommended that individuals keep a distance from others of at least 1.5 meters in indoor locations and 1 meter in outdoor environments. If all of those present in a certain place wear face masks in the proper manner, these social distancing recommendations may be ignored. Nevertheless, people have been urged to wear face masks when in crowded and confined spaces. Proprietors of venues where there is a high likelihood of people coming into close contact with one another and where a distance of 1.5 meters between people cannot be effectively maintained should suspend operations.

In the second phase, the CECC instituted mandatory rules. All nonessential events, particularly those of an entertainment nature, are to be prohibited. For essential activities such as medical care, official duties, and work, social distancing of 1.5 meters indoors and 1 meter outdoors must be observed. Even if people correctly wear face masks, a distance of at least 1 meter must be maintained.

The mandatory rules specified separate social distancing standards for restaurants, school campuses, offices, mass transport, supermarkets, other commercial sites, including those locations with long lines of waiting people, and special institutions such as long-term care facilities and prisons. During the COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing must be followed so as to prevent community transmission and protect oneself and others.

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