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Masks at Taiwan banks compulsory from April 20

Public transportation, post offices already require visitors to wear face masks

Lining up to buy masks in Taipei on Wednesday April 15 

Lining up to buy masks in Taipei on Wednesday April 15  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following the example set by Taiwan's public transportation systems and post offices, banks will start requiring visitors to wear masks Monday (April 20) to protect themselves against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) said it would hand in a proposal to that effect to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) as early as Friday (April 17), CNA reported.

FSC Minister Wellington Koo (顧立雄) told reporters Wednesday (April 15) that the association of banks had already come out in favor of the mask requirement but that the measure needed the approval of the CECC before it could be enforced. The official proposal will be submitted on Friday at the earliest or possibly next week, the minister said.

In the case of public transport, people not wearing a mask can be fined between NT$3,000 (US$99.8) and NT$15,000. Like at post offices, bank staff will ask customers without a mask to stay outside, according to the report.

At present, visitors to post offices currently have their temperatures measured and are turned away if they have a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher.

On Wednesday, the number of coronavirus cases in Taiwan reached 395, including six deaths and 137 patients already released from hospitals.