Public air raid drill coming Tuesday, but different from the past

07/12/2020 04:39 PM
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The Wan An air raid drills in Kaohsiung in 2019. CNA file photo
The Wan An air raid drills in Kaohsiung in 2019. CNA file photo

Taipei, July 12 (CNA) Taiwan's annual public air drills will be held Tuesday afternoon, but pedestrians and vehicles will not be asked to stop in their tracks during the 30-minute exercise, according to the Ministry of National Defense.

Air raid warnings will go off 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to signal the start of the drill and at 2 p.m. to mark its conclusion, the ministry said, but no traffic control measures will be in place and pedestrians will be allowed to continue on their way during that time.

Past restrictions on people's movements outdoors during the half-hour exercise were dropped this year to comply with the Central Epidemic Command Center's COVID-19 prevention guidelines, the ministry said.

Another break from the past is that the Wan An No. 43 drills will be held across Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on the same day, instead of being held on different days in different parts of the country, the ministry said.

This year's drill will focus on the air raid warnings' coverage of rural areas.

(By Matt Yu and Kay Liu) enditem/ls

Police officers hold crowds at an exit of Taipei
Police officers hold crowds at an exit of Taipei's Ximen station during the air raid drill in 2019. CNA file photo
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