Penghu County Announces County Makes Face Masks Mandatory Outdoors Until May 13, Suspends Business Trips to Kaohsiung and Tainan for County Employees
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The infection cluster on the Goodwill Fleet resulted in 27 infected people traveling throughout Taiwan. They came into contact with numerous people and raised fears of community transmission. Penghu County Magistrate Feng-wei Lai announced at the epidemic prevent meeting on April 22 that everyone in Penghu County must wear face masks when outdoors from now until May 13. Those who fail to comply and refuse to follow directions will be fined NT$3,000 under the Communicable Disease Control Act.
Magistrate Lai said that the Goodwill Fleet is docked in Kaohsiung so most of the officers and men’s movements were in southern Taiwan, increasing the risk of infection in Kaohsiung and Tainan. County employees traveling to Kaohsiung or Kaohsiung on business were at risk of exposure so he directed all county employees to temporarily suspend business trips to Kaohsiung and Tainan from now until May 5.
Lai said that the 27 confirmed cases from the Navy’s Goodwill Fleet traveled throughout Taiwan in just a few short days. Many people came into close contact with them so there is a lot of fear in the general community. To prevent any chain transmission from the Goodwill Fleet, the county government decided to require everyone in the county to wear a face mask when outdoors from now through to May 13, 2020. Those who fail do so and refuse to follow directions from the police will be fined NT$3,000.
Penghu County Government indicated that face masks should still be worn in crowded and enclosed spaces in accordance with regulations issued by the Central Epidemic Command Center. All sex-related industries in the county are required by the County Government to record customer names, measure body temperatures, and maintain a separation of 1.5 meters indoors for social distancing. Violations will be fined up to NT$1 million in accordance with the Special Act for Prevention, Relief and Revitalization Measures for Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens.
Magistrate Lai asked all residents to avoid traveling to Kaohsiung and Tainan for now. If a trip is absolutely essential, they should wear a mask at all times, wash their hands frequently, and practice proper personal epidemic prevention measures. All harbors in the county are now closed to yachts, fishing boats and jet skis from other counties/cities.
Magistrate Lai said that making the wearing of face masks when outdoors mandatory throughout the county is necessary to prevent community transmission. Warnings will be given initially but penalties will be imposed for non-compliance. Penghu residents are asked to cooperate on the wearing of face masks and maintaining social distancing to protect not only themselves but also other people.