TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Individuals who are supposed to be monitoring their own health for signs of the coronavirus will be fined up to NT$300,000 (US$10,700) if they are caught dining with friends and family, the authorities announced ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, a popular period for large family get-togethers over food.
The measure by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) follows reports of people showing up at New Year's Eve concerts despite still being required to self-health monitor.
Those undergoing self-monitoring will be barred from attending large dinners, get-togethers, and mass events and should avoid any other crowded locations, CNA reported.
Like other residents, they will be asked to wear masks during visits to convenience stores and supermarkets, but they should stay away if it is difficult to maintain social distancing in those venues. In addition, they should not go out to restaurants to eat but stay at home for most meals, the CECC stated.
The seven-day period of self-health monitoring following the 14-day quarantine was introduced because some individuals with COVID can remain infectious for a longer period, the CECC said.
The Feb. 10-16 Lunar New Year holiday is likely to see many family dinners and trips across the country, while Taiwanese living overseas are expected to return in significant numbers.