Mask mandate to stay for now
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says there are no current plans to change the mask mandate.
The minister was asked by reporters if it might be lifted in light of the fatal Sunday stabbing of a convenience store clerk in Taoyuan, who had reminded the killer to put his mask on.
Chen said that the current policy on mask-wearing still stands but the CECC will further take mask-wearing convenience into consideration.
In addition, Chen said individuals must make their own safety top priority when reminding others to put their masks on.
In related news, the Hi-Life convenience store chain will no longer have employees remind customers to wear a mask.
The change comes after one of its clerks was stabbed to death after asking a customer to put on a mask, and the customer attacked him with a knife.
The company says there are enough posters in their stores to let customers know they should wear a mask, it is unnecessary for staff to try and push them to do so.
The suspect was arrested at the scene and is now being investigated for homicide.