Taoyuan mayor cancels extracurricular activities
Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan has cancelled all extracurricular winter activities at all schools in the city. This follows an earlier decision by the mayor to close schools early for the scheduled winter holidays in the wake of a domestic coronavirus outbreak at Taoyuan General Hospital.
Although schools across the island usually remain open during the winter vacation for extracurricular activities, volunteer services, and to lend their grounds to external groups, Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan has ordered all Taoyuan to close the holiday from today.
Cheng said this is to help decrease the likelihood of further community transmission and maintain public safety.
According to the mayor, school facilities will not be available for winter camps or any other activities such as volunteer group or student club meetings.
The cancellation of the school activities comes after the Central Epidemic Command Center announced that some 5,000 people will have to go into home quarantine, as part of its coronavirus control efforts.
The 5,000 people include patients who were discharged from the hospital between 6 and 19 January, and their close contacts.
Health officials say most of the 5,000 people affected by the new quarantine rules live in Taoyuan.
However, some 500 live in New Taipei City, over 40 live in Taipei, two live in Keelung and six are from Hualien.