New Taipei re-opens public facilities
New Taipei City will start to gradually re-open shuttered public venues today.
The first phase, beginning today, sees the re-opening of public libraries, sports centers, activities centres and museums, the statement said, with some exceptions.
If the situation remains stable, with no signs of community transmission of the disease in Taiwan, the city will gradually re-open the remaining public venues during the second phase, which will start on 18 May.
Mayor Hou Yu-ih announced the emergence from hibernation following a 45-day shutdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease.
The most populous municipality in Taiwan shut down indoor public venues on 20 March, after it was found that a person infected with COVID-19 had visited one of them prior to testing positive.
However, as Taiwan has only recorded a handful of new cases in the past week and New Taipei has seen no new cases for 13 days, the city has decided on a two-phase re-opening of public venues.