Virus Outbreak: Taipei targeting short-term units’ quarantine use

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 08, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

Taipei Department of Information and Tourism Commissioner Liu Yi-ting and Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang hold a news conference yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Taipei City Government is cracking down on owners of short-term rental units, including Airbnb listings, who have been offering their units for home quarantine or isolation stays, amid concern that such rentals could be a loophole in disease-prevention efforts.

As of Sept. 22, people under a home isolation or quarantine order can only stay at quarantine hotels, at home or at a place offered by another person free of charge, Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) told a news conference yesterday.

Owners of short-term rental units who rent to people under a home isolation or quarantine order would be fined between NT$3,000 and NT$15,000, and the owner’s name and the address of their accommodation would be made public, she said.

“People have to be responsible to whom they are offering their houses, so the fines would be aimed at the home owners,” she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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