As the pandemic situation in Taiwan gradually improves, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) announced on Monday that the partial reopening of entertainment venues will begin on Oct. 5.
To new migrants and foreign students in Taiwan, this announcement spells good news as karaoke bars, board game stores, and arcades will be opened once more so friends and family can spend some much-needed “fun time” after near five months of restrictions.
According to the CECC, partially alleviated regulations will begin in Taiwan this week, including allowing train stations and HSR stations to provide food and drinks to those in the station as long as social distance can be maintained.
Tour buses can also fill their seats to full capacity as opposed to the previous limitations put in place.
In addition, artistic performances, exhibitions, and sports events will still need to comply with the name-based system, take the temperatures of all visitors and ask that everyone wear face masks, and prohibit drinking and eating in the venue.
Indoor activities will no longer need to be restricted to 80 people or less, and checkerboard seating will not be required.
Outdoor activities will still need to limit to half of the seats provided but will no longer be restricted to 300 people or less.
If social distancing can be guaranteed, tickets can also be sold at the venue, meaning the public will not need to register or apply for them beforehand.
During intermissions or before and after a show starts, the public still needs to maintain safe social distances.
The CECC is also considering re-opening other entertainment venues starting on Oct. 5 including arcades, though certain regulations still need to be followed.
Registering beforehand, real-name system, taking temperatures, wearing face masks, and controlling the number of people in the same room at the same time still needs to be considered.
Most importantly, at least 60% of employees of the entertainment venues need to have at least one shot of vaccine 14 days prior to them starting work.
As for arcades, each station should be limited to one player and partitions still need to be set up between game stations.
Food and drinks are also not allowed, and CCTV needs to be established and provided when required by health authorities.
The venues should also be disinfected in a regulated time period, the CECC added.
For karaoke bars or KTVs, food and drinks are not allowed and face masks are required at all times including when singing into the microphones.
After one group has left, staff should disinfect the booth thoroughly and leave a 30-minute interval before allowing the next group to enter.
Other venues including board game stores or mah-jong stores will need to maintain 1.5 meters between tables or provide booths and partitions for tables set side-by-side.
Gloves should be worn at all times, and CECC regulations should be followed in terms of food and drinks (need partitions).
Tables and games should also be disinfected immediately after use and a 15-minute interval is required before the arrival of the next group of customers.
Meanwhile, other venues will still be prohibited from re-opening including dance halls, clubs, bars, barbershops, etc.