Eating on Taiwan's trains banned due to Wuhan virus

Sale of lunchboxes and beverages will be halted on nation's railway system

Eating and drinking on trains will be banned from April 5 

Eating and drinking on trains will be banned from April 5  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) and Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) will ban eating and drinking on their trains to prevent Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, starting Sunday (April 5).

Passengers will have to wear masks throughout their journeys, while the new measure also means that food items such as lunchboxes and beverages will no longer be available, CNA reported Saturday (April 4). While stores inside railway stations will still be allowed to sell food products, travelers have been asked not to consume them during their journey.

Passengers who have already ordered food online were requested to ask for their money back at the station before boarding the train, or from staff on board.

The change was a result of a decision by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), which manages the campaign against the virus. On Saturday, it announced Taiwan had recorded a total of 355 coronavirus patients, including five earlier deaths.