As Taiwan’s pandemic situation stabilizes with zero local COVID-19 cases for five consecutive days, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) has announced that certain areas may be exempt from the face-mask wearing protocol.
According to the CECC announcement on Sunday, starting on Oct. 5, those working in open areas in the agriculture, forestry, fishery, and stock-raising business do not need to wear a face mask as long as the adequate social distance is in place between workers.
In addition, those participating in activities in mountainous regions, forests, and seaside areas can also do without a face mask.
This spells good news for many migrant workers in Taiwan as they often work in outdoor areas; therefore, the new announcement can exempt them from wearing face masks while working under the still-scorching autumn sun.
Meanwhile, the CECC announced on Monday that pilgrimages by vehicles may resume; however, parades or walking pilgrimages are still forbidden.
National Parks will also be open to visitors, and single-day, round-trip climbs have resumed their previous capacity for tourists.
Additionally, the number of mountain hut accommodations provided has been adjusted from 1/3 to 1/2 of the original rooms available.
As for eating outdoors, the CECC explained that as long as people maintain social distance or have partitions in place, face masks are also not needed.
In addition, diners won’t have to wear face masks in indoor dining areas such as those provided in High-Speed Rail (HSR, 高鐵) and Taiwan Railways (台鐵) stations.
Those participating in water activities including diving and surfing can also take off their face masks, the CECC added.
However, the CECC still reminded everyone to carry spare face masks with them at all times should social distancing be impossible in some areas or when there are more people in the same location than expected.