CECC extends level 2 alert, relaxes some restrictions
The Central Epidemic Command Center is extending the current level 2 coronavirus alert for two weeks until 18 October. However, some restrictions will be eased.
And from today, certain restrictions pertaining to religious gatherings and indoor dining will be loosened.
Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yen says temples, churches and mosques will be open to visiting worshippers under certain conditions.
Gatherings for meals at such venues will be allowed to resume without the need for checkerboard seating arrangements, but periodic sanitation and face mask wearing must still be respected.
Restrictions on religious venues that provide overnight accommodation for worshippers will also be loosened, but only four people will be allowed to stay in a room.
However, religious processions remain prohibited.
Restaurants can now begin offering dine-in services without having to observe social distancing rules or use dividers.
KTVs and internet cafes can reopen, but nightclubs, bars, hostess clubs and massage parlours will remain closed.
And from today people can visit outdoor scenic sites without having to wear a face mask if social distancing can be maintained.
Individuals in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and animal husbandry sectors that work in open spaces, such as fields and fish ponds, as well as people visiting forests and beaches, will not be required to wear masks if social distancing can be maintained.
However, health officials say they will still have to carry a mask with them, as they still need to wear masks if there is a sudden surge in crowds.