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MOTC steps up COVID-19 controls for public transportation

ROC Central News Agency

12/23/2020 08:19 PM

Taipei, Dec. 23 (CNA) The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on Wednesday announced stricter COVID-19 control measures for public transportation amid the intensifying pandemic situation worldwide and the appearance of Taiwan's first domestic case in 253 days the previous day.

Passengers using Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) and Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) services will now have to wear masks as soon as they enter the stations instead of just before they pass through the turnstiles, the MOTC said.

Those who refuse to cooperate could be fined up to NT$15,000 (US$531), the ministry said.

The frequency of sanitization will be increased from once every two hours to once an hour at TRA stations, while similar measures in post offices will be increased from twice a day to four times a day, it said.

Meanwhile, sanitization in bus terminals and inside buses will be carried out as normal once every six hours, but increased to once every four hours on holidays, according to the ministry.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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