Europe Day Dinner postponed

12 May, 2021

By ECCT staff writers and Courtesy of ICRT

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday raised its local transmission stage warning to level 2 and announced a ban on large-scale gatherings as it tightened Covid-19 prevention measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus amid an increase in domestically transmitted cases in recent weeks.

Seven more domestic cases were reported on Tuesday, with the source of six of them unknown, leading to the tighter measures.

The CECC asked organisers to halt large-scale indoor and outdoor events (those with more than 100 and 500 people, respectively), until 8 June. The ECCT’s annual Europe Day Dinner, that had been scheduled for 19 May, has now been postponed as a result.

According to the CECC, people should avoid going to crowded places with a high infection risk and should wear face masks at all times.

Social distancing measures, contact registration, temperature checks and other disease prevention measures should be carried out.

Restaurants are once again required to enforce contact registration and to use division boards to separate diners.

Eating and drinking has been banned on the High Speed Rail and Taiwan Railways Administration trains, public buses and other forms of public transport while visits to hospitals or long-term care centres have also been banned.

The new rules are slated to be in place until at least 8 June.

Both Taipei City and New Taipei have tightened anti-virus measures in light of increased local Covid-19 infections with unknown origins.

Mayor Ko Wen-je said at a press conference that as the situation is much more serious this time, visitors to indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs or bars have to leave their names and contact information.

Ko says he'll ask that Taipei police actively enforce this policy starting tonight.

He also notes that all graduation trips for students will be cancelled, and commencement ceremonies should be conducted online.

Campuses once again will be closed to the general public, while all indoor activities with more than 100 participants as well as outdoor ones with 500 people are now cancelled.

Ko says all those changes will take effect right away and last until 8 June.

New Taipei Mayor Hou Yo-yi has announced similar measures as well.

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