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VIDEO: Mask rules may loosen in November

  • 27 September, 2022
  • Emma Benack
VIDEO: Mask rules may loosen in November
The Health Ministry says there's a good chance people won't need to wear masks in certain areas starting in November.

Taiwan has been taking new steps to reopen its borders and make traveling more accessible to international tourists. Now people are wondering when Taiwan's masking policies will start to loosen as well.

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Masks have been required in most situations and places in Taiwan since May last year. But these rules may start to loosen within the next few months.

The Health Ministry says there's a good chance people won't need to wear masks in certain areas starting in November.

Some doctors say if people are outside in an open space with few people around, they should be able to take off their masks. But other doctors say diseases like the flu are also more common in the winter and health officials should hold off on lifting the mask mandate to prevent their spread.

Other Covid-related policies are changing too. Those include letting international travelers live in a shared residence after arriving in the country. 

Another future policy change is that people with Covid will no longer need to complete a self-health management period after their seven day isolation period ends. That means after their quarantine ends, they can dine out at restaurants as long as they maintain social distance.

People with mild Covid cases will also no longer be required to report their infection. Lastly, the Health Ministry will downgrade COVID-19 from a Category V Communicable Disease, the highest level, to Category IV.

Even with life slowly returning to normal, the government is still urging people to get vaccinated and wash their hands frequently so that the country can stay on the right track.

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