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Taitung Pandemic Update

  • Date:2021-05-20

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Taitung Pandemic Update!

As the COVID-19 situation continues to grow, the nation has gone into Level 2 restrictions. Masks are to be worn at all times when venturing out. Visitors are asked to be aware of the many new regulations the county is mandating (updated on October 1st 10:50):


1. Foreign travelers border control
As COVID-19 continues to be a global pandemic, flight transits through Taiwan have been discontinued. Individuals without valid residency permits and non-Taiwanese citizens will be denied entry (Special permits may be granted for emergencies or humanitarian reasons). These border restrictions will be carried out until July 26th, when adjustments may be made according to the pandemic situation.

2. Changes in disease prevention measures for tourist locations.

The following tourist destinations will be closed to the public:
– Chishang Dapo Lake, Mr. Brown Avenue: reopen conditionally with prevention measures, such as crowd control, and social distancing
– Chishang Story House: closed until July 28th
– Duoliang Station: reopen conditionally with prevention measures, such as crowd control, and social distancing
– Peinan Cultural Park: opening hours: 09:00-11:00;11:30-14:00;14:30-17:00
– Wulu Fort Park, Lisong Hot Spring: closed until further notice
– Jiaming Lake National Trail and the campgrounds and cabins along the trail: Partial re-opening (4 cabins near Jiaming Lake have been reopened; 40 day hikers are permitted per day. 40 hikers in the morning and 40 in the afternoon are permitted to hike from 0-2.7k)
– The stands at Fantasy Tiehua can reopen. Stands must be spaced at least 1 meter apart. Walking and eating is prohibited.
– Luye Highland Grass Slide and Kite Park: reopen conditionally with prevention measures, such as crowd control, and social distancing
– Zhiben Forest Recreation Area: Maximum of 700 visitors (Once the limit is reached, a policy of no in and outs will be applied)
– DaWu Mountain Eco-Education Center: Maximum of 20 visitors. Please follow disease prevention measures.
– ShanYuan Beach: Shanyuan Beach Park will be in operation from 8/24 to 9/30. Please follow disease prevention measures when in the park. Wear a face mask. Cooperate with real-name registration and temperature taking.
– Taitung Forest Park and Taitung Flowing Lake: reopen conditionally with prevention measures, such as crowd control, and social distancing
– Fushan Fisheries Resources Conservation Area: Open since 8/24. Face masks and real-name registration are required.
– Guanshan Waterfront Park: reopen conditionally with prevention measures, such as crowd control, and social distancing
– King Kong Avenue: Visitors are allowed to enter, but bicycle rental services are currently unavailable.
– Taitung Art Museum, Taitung Art and Culture Center, Taitung County Library, and Taitung Design Center have been available for exhibitions and book lending services since 7/27.

Event changes (the new dates will be announced according to the COVID-19 situation):
– 2021 Green Island Endurance Swimming Challenge: canceled
– 2021 Chishang Spring Plowing A Melodic Dapo Lake: canceled
– 5/22 Hello Kitty Balloon Maiden flight: postponed
– 6/5 Starry Taitung Night Concert- Baxian Caves: canceled
– Starry Taitung Night Concert Tour Guide Training: postponed
– 5/29 East Coast Cycling Trip- Old Guanshan Station: canceled
– East Coast Land Art Festival Moonlight Sea Concert: canceled

3. Transportation
– Taiwan trip- East Coast Main Line: The East Coast Main Line resumed normal operations on 8/1.
– Taiwan trip- East Rift Valley Line: The East Rift Valley Line resumed the regular 8 trips per day on 8/20.
– All ferries between Taitung and Green Island and Taitung and Orchid Island resumed on 8/9.

4. Other venue regulations
– all entertainment businesses and venues will be closed
– Restaurants, traditional markets, night markets, and food courts opening to indoor diners
– Starting from 8/4, Taitung County will allow dine-in at night markets.
– Religious temples: open to the public, up to 50 people indoors (the maximum number of people is 2.25 square meters per person indoors, up to 50 people), and up to 100 people outdoors
– Certain water sports are now allowed. This includes SUP, kayaking, scuba diving and surfing. For these activities, you must put on a mask right after getting out of the water. All instruction must be given on land. Face masks must be worn the entire time while maintaining social distance. Please sanitize water sports equipment frequently. Please Note! Swimming and snorkeling are still prohibited.
– Hot springs could begin operation on 8/10. However, additional spaces will not be open for public use. These include kiddy pools, hot and cold pools (non-hot spring water pools), spa areas, hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam rooms, and showering facilities.

5. Taitung COVID-19 Testing
The eight County-appointed testing facilities are: MOHW Taitung Hospital, Taitung Christian Hospital, Taipei Veterans General Hospital Taitung Branch, Taitung MacKay Memorial Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation Guanshan Tzu Chi Hospital, MOHW Taitung Hospital Chenggong Branch, Lanyu Township Public Health Center, Green Island Township Public Health Center.

If you or your friends have been in high-risk COVID-19 areas, and exhibit fever, upper respiratory system symptoms, loss of taste, or smell, please properly put on a mask and go to one of the testing facilities listed above. Please do not use public transportation, and tell medical staff about who you’ve been in contact with, where you have traveled, and your symptoms. Providing highly accurate information will help your doctors be able to diagnose and treat you correctly.

6. COVID-19 information inquiry
You can browse theTaitung News,Taitung County Public Health Bureau COVID-19 Section, or contact the Taitung Public Hotline: 1999

As COVID-19 has moved to a community spreading stage, we ask everyone to cooperate with the regulations. Please wash your hands frequently, be aware of coughing etiquette, mask-wearing, and other protective measures, reduce unnecessary activities and gatherings, and avoid crowded and high-risk areas.