CORONAVIRUS/CECC reiterates need for strict disease controls in markets

07/04/2021 07:24 PM
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Policemen guard an entrance to a street market in Taipei on Sunday. CNA photo July 4, 2021
Policemen guard an entrance to a street market in Taipei on Sunday. CNA photo July 4, 2021

Taipei, July 4 (CNA) Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) on Sunday once again reiterated the importance of following COVID-19 control measures currently in place at local markets, in the wake of a recent increase in foot traffic increasing the risk of disease transmission.

To ensure social distancing and that visitors remain at least 1.5 meters apart, markets are supposed to control visitor numbers, with one person every 2.25 square meters, Chen said.

In other words, a market that is 9,000 square meters in size can only accept 2,000 visitors per hour, he added.

Chen highlighted the rules again after the CECC received data indicating an increase in general foot traffic and at markets this past week, with a jump of 3-5 percent week on week.

Under the current Level 3 alert, he stressed, no on-site dining or food sampling is allowed in markets.

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Taipei's Ningxia night market reopens on June 29 at a reduced capacity, with vendors only offering takeaway. CNA file photo

Such venues are also required to reduce the number of entry points and keep contact information for all visitors, Chen said.

Meanwhile, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said workers at the city's wet markets will be able to get vaccinated from Monday to July 11.

It is estimated this could involve as many as 18,880 people, he said.

From Monday, all workers at traditional markets will also be required to wear a face mask and a face shield.

(By Chiang Hui-chun and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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Taichung City officials visit a local market to remind the public of COVID-19 rules under the current Level 3 alert on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Taichung City government
Taichung City officials visit a local market to remind the public of COVID-19 rules under the current Level 3 alert on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Taichung City government

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