Face mask mandate to remain as cabinet approves border opening
The cabinet says the face mask mandate will likely remain in place until the end of this year.
The statement comes after Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Victor Wanghinted that face mask regulationscould be gradually liftedfor outdoor spaces and some indoor spaces.
Wang said officials have been looking at possibly following the policies currently in effect in Singapore and Japan in regards the lifting of face mask rules for both indoor and outdoor settings.However, he said face masks would remain mandatory in crowded places such as on public transportation.The epidemic command center head has also stressed that any changes to face mask wearing rules will depend on the domestic coronavirus situation at the time.
Meanwhile, the cabinet has approved a plan to lift its quarantine mandate for all arriving travellers next month and reopen the borders to all visitors – but only if the current coronavirus situation in the country does not escalate.Cabinet spokesman Luo Bing-cheng says the new regulations are likely to take effect on 13 October as part of a phased easing of border controls.