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Policy for the Third phase of reopening, Return to normal operation if three conditions are reached.

The Taipei City Government has proposed and released the plan for the third phase of reopening on the 25th of May. This is the result from all Taiwanese citizen’s help and effort against the coronavirus, as 0 domestic cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past 42 days, and citizens are also eager to return to normal life in small steps.
 
The Third phase of reopening will be effective on/from June 1st, all facilities/venues and course under the jurisdiction of the Taipei City Government would return to normal operation, as long as the following three conditions are reached, including the use of face mask when social distancing is not possible, keeping a record of visitors’ names or phone number for indoor facilities, and the prohibition of having meals together. All Departments and offices of the Taipei City Government would be posting announcements on each of its respective websites if a specific facility/venue remains unavailable. In addition. The Taipei City Government’s event management policy would also be lightened, where all outdoor events under 1000 participants and indoor events under 250 participants would be allowed in principle. Events that exceed the listed restrictions would need to submit an application to the Taipei City Government for review.
 
The first two phases of reopening have gone into effect on May 18th and May 25th, and the policy for the third phase of reopening has been announced today and will go into effect on/from June 1st. Facilities and courses under the Taipei City Government’s jurisdiction would return to normal operation in principle, when the following three conditions are reached, including the use of face masks when social distancing is not possible, keeping a record of visitors’ names or phone number for indoor facilities, and the prohibition of having meals together. In order for our citizens to access the operating conditions for various facilities and courses in real-time, each Departments and Offices would post a list of facilities and courses that would remain unavailable at this moment on their official websites.
 
As the domestic condition of the outbreak slows down, the Taipei City Government’s event management policy has also been lightened in scale. The limit on people for outdoor events has increased from 500 people to 1000 people, and from 100 people to 250 people for indoor events. If the total number of participants for an event exceeds the listed restrictions, under the current regulations the event organizer would need to submit an application for review to the Taipei City Government’s Department of Health and the Department of Information and Tourism. Events hosted by the Taipei City Government would continue to prohibit the sharing of meals.
 
Given that the pandemic situation in the international community remains critical, guarding the health and welfare of our citizens would continue to be an important duty and mission for the Taipei City Government. In order for our citizens to return to the normal daily routine as soon as possible, the third phase of the reopening is relatively greater compared to the previous phases. However, if the domestic situation of the outbreak revolts, all public health response mechanisms and policies may be reinstated in consideration of the health and welfare of our citizens. This includes the closing of facilities and services on a rolling basis. In order for us to proceed with the “Epidemic New Life Movement”, the Taipei City Government strongly urges all citizens to remain cautious of their personal hygiene, including washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask, and ensuring a certain level of personal protection.
 
Translated by Morris Chang