Taiwan's hot air balloon festival postponed but not deflated

Scale of event will depend on course of coronavirus pandemic in coming months

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(Taitung County Government photo)

(Taitung County Government photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — This year’s Taiwan International Balloon Festival will be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Taitung County Tourism Department Director Yu Ming-hsun (余明勳) announced on Monday (May 4).

The balloon festival, a marquee event on the county’s summer tourism calendar, was originally scheduled to take place from June 27 to Aug. 16. It will now run from July 11 through Aug. 30, CNA reported on Monday.

The 51-day event will be held at Luye Highland. However, the Taitung County government said that the size of the event will be dependent on how the pandemic pans out.

Since the pandemic is still spreading across the globe, foreign balloon teams invited to the event will have to go through a compulsory 14-day quarantine once they enter Taiwan and another after they return home. The county government said this may discourage some aeronauts from leaving their countries to participate.

In the absence of foreign balloons, the event will be a smaller, locally focused one, the county government added. Yu said that the event will follow coronavirus prevention guidelines put forth by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) even though the pandemic is showing signs of easing in Taiwan, according to the report.

For more information on the festival and related events, check out the official website.


(Taitung County Government photos)


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