Midnight celebration limits outlined

NEW YEAR’S EVE: Taipei is to drastically reduce the number of people allowed into the City Hall Plaza, with other cities following suit, and contact details must be given

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 30, 2020
By: Kayleigh Madjar / Staff writer, with CNA

Workers in Pingtung County yesterday erect a stage for the county’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Photo courtesy of the Pingtung County Government via CNA

Local governments yesterday announced updated disease prevention measures for tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, with restrictions on crowd sizes, after the nation last week reported its first domestic case of COVID-19 in more than eight months.

Officials encouraged would-be attendees to eat ahead of time, as eating and drinking — aside from sips of water — would not be allowed at the venues, and masks would be mandatory, adding that last-minute changes to requirements are possible.

Checkpoints would be established for taking body temperatures, providing hand sanitation and registering contact information.

Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) said that the capital’s festivities would proceed as usual, but the number of attendees would be sharply reduced.    [FULL  SORY]

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