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Third-dose COVID vaccination required for customers at ‘special entertainment facilities’ in Taiwan

Workers at these facilities must undergo one rapid screening per week

(CECC image)

(CECC image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In light of a COVID-19 cluster in the northern port city of Keelung rising to 27 infections, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Sunday (March 27) issued an order requiring all customers attending “special entertainment facilities” to be immunized with a third COVID vaccine dose.

The central government has decided to step up epidemic preventative measures for the country’s special entertainment facilities, which include karaoke halls, dance halls, nightclubs, clubs, bars, special beauty parlors, special coffee shops and tea houses, and saunas, CNA reported.

CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said that customers entering the above-mentioned facilities are required to produce proof of at least three vaccine doses. Meanwhile, all workers at the facilities must have received their second dose more than 14 days ago; those who got their second shot at least 90 days ago should have received their third dose.

In addition, workers at these facilities must undergo a rapid screening test every week, and until April 30 only those with negative results can continue to provide services. The CECC also requires special entertainment facilities to make a list of all their workers, including janitors and itinerant workers, create a health monitoring plan, and set up a mechanism to track and handle irregularities, per CNA.