Masks at markets: local governments beginning enforcing policies

Radio Taiwan Internatinal
Date: 27 April, 2020
By: Leslie Liao

Local governments are making masks mandatory at traditional markets

Local governments in Taiwan have started requiring people to wear face masks at traditional markets, but compliance is not yet at 100%.

When taking a stroll through any of Taipei’s traditional markets, you’ll find that most people — be they customers or vendors — are wearing masks. They’re doing their part to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The Taipei City Government has posted flyers and notices urging the public to comply.

However, you’ll still find people without masks here. This vegetable vendor says she removed her mask in order to eat something and this man tells us he did the same.

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center announced on April 10 that people must wear masks when visiting traditional or night markets in Taiwan. A flyer circulating online warns that beginning on April 22nd, anyone not wearing a mask in those places is subject to fines of up to NT$15,000 (about US$500).    [FULL  STORY]

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