Maximum limit for outdoor events should be 500 people, indoors 100: Taiwan CECC

Each public event needs a risk analysis review: CECC

Visitors at a rose exhibition in Taipei wearing masks Wednesday March 25 

Visitors at a rose exhibition in Taipei wearing masks Wednesday March 25  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — All indoor events with more than 100 people and outdoor happenings with more than 500 participants should not go ahead due to the risk of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday (March 25).

Taiwan confirmed 19 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing the country’s total up to 235, including two deaths.

As public events such as sports competitions and concerts bring large groups of people together for a long time, they may easily result in coronavirus infections, according to the CECC. A total of 101 nightclubs, bars, and karaoke parlors have already decided to suspend operations.

Risk analysis of such events needs to be based on a number of factors, such as the degree of ventilation at the site, the distance between participants or audience members, the duration of the event, and whether attendees have the chance to wash their hands and wear a mask, CNA reported.

If the analysis leads to the conclusion that a high risk is involved, the event should be postponed, canceled, or its format altered, the CECC recommended. In addition, organizers should also prepare an area which can be used to temporarily isolate suspected virus cases, while attention should also be paid to protective measures for staff.