To prevent the pandemic from spreading, the Central Epidemic Command Center has launched the Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program today (December 1), where citizens entering the 8 major types of public venues are required to wear a mask, these include healthcare facilities, public transportation, places of consumption, learning places, sports and exhibition venues, entertainment venues, religious and worship places, and public agencies. The Transportation Bureau Director- General, Yeh Chao-Fu, reminds the public to wear a mask at all times and that they should not eat or drink aboard Taichung City's public transport system. Violators who do not listen to the reminders will be fined TWD3,000-15,000 per the Communicable Disease Control Act, hence public cooperation is mandatory.
According to Director-General Yeh, the Taichung City Government started enforcing the regulations on wearing masks at all times aboard the Taichung City's public transport on April 4 this year and the majority of the citizens have been cooperative. Some passengers who forgot to wear a mask cooperated immediately when reminded by the driver. To prevent the pandemic from escalating, citizens are reminded that they must wear a mask before boarding and that they should not eat or drink and should avoid talking aboard public transport. Those who are not wearing a mask per the regulations and do not listen to the reminders will be prevented from boarding the public transport by the driver. Furthermore, the police will be called to provide assistance and issue fines in accordance with the law.
Director-General Yeh also pointed out that to promote outbreak prevention, the Transportation Bureau will also promote the campaign by putting up posters inside buses and other channels including the Taichung City Transportation Bureau Facebook page, smart bus stops, Taichung Bus Information System, Taichung Bus app, and LED bus station name displays. The purpose is to remind passengers to comply with the relevant outbreak prevention measures and embrace a new lifestyle that aims to prevent the pandemic from spreading.
The Transportation Bureau urges the public to wear masks at all times aboard public transport, avoid talking and maintain an appropriate social distance. Make sure that personal outbreak prevention hygiene work is carried out. If you experience symptoms including fever, coughs or shortness of breath, please stay at home to rest or seek immediate medical attention. Do not make use of public transport.