Taipei MRT adds mask vending machines at 6 stations

Demand for surgical masks has increased due to the number of imported COVID-19 cases

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/08/15
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

A face mask vending machine at Taipei City Hall Station.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Metro passengers can purchase surgical masks at six major stations starting Saturday (Aug. 15) as the government tightens coronavirus face mask rules.

The company started to impose fines on unmasked passengers from Thursday (Aug. 13). Those failing to comply will be fined between NT$3,000 (US$102) and NT$15,000 (US$510).

As of today (Aug. 15), two passengers had refused to wear a mask since a mandatory face mask rule began on April 4. They are said to have been given stiff fines by Taipei City's health department.

The Aug. 13 regulation codifies the earlier face mask rule by setting a penalty for not wearing a mask.    [FULL  STORY]

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