TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Taipei Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) announced on Monday (Aug. 2) that after a discussion with his Taipei counterpart, both cities have decided to allow indoor dining for establishments in the food and drink industry from Tuesday (Aug. 3) as the COVID situation has stabilized, CNA reported.
On Thursday (July 29), the Taipei City Government revealed guidelines for indoor dining.
The number of diners cannot exceed 50, while outdoor dining spaces can have up to 100 people. If the maximum number of diners must go over the limit, restaurants should file a report with the city’s Department of Health at least three days in advance.
Furthermore, food must primarily be served in the form of individual meals. In the event that dishes of a set menu are ordered for multiple people, restaurant workers must portion out the dishes for each customer at the table or serve the food in the case of all-you-can-eat buffets.
In addition, at tables shared by multiple customers, there must either be partitions or seats arranged in a way that complies with social distancing. Tables must be at least 1.5 meters from each other.
If any customers or employees are confirmed to have contracted the virus, the restaurant in question must suspend operations for three days, Once they reopen, they must then suspend indoor dining for 11 days, according to the Taipei guidelines.