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Taiwan to further relax COVID mask rules for sports activities

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The head of Taiwan’s coronavirus task force on Wednesday (Oct. 6) hinted at loosening mask regulations for sports-related activities as the country gradually opens u...

Taiwan to keep nightlife shut until vaccination coverage reaches 60%

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Nightlife venues across the country can only reopen once vaccine coverage reaches 60% for one shot, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday (Sept. 3). Ac...

New Taipei City not planning to reopen bars in September

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — While Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) expressed his willingness to let bars reopen for business in September, New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) said Thursday (Aug. ...

Complacency, sluggish vaccination behind Taiwan’s COVID surge: Bloomberg

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s success in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic was undermined by a lack of testing, low vaccination levels, and “hostess bars,” Bloomberg wr...

Taipei shuts down nightlife venues and internet cafes due to COVID surge

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following confirmation of a record 29 domestic coronavirus transmissions, Taipei City ordered all nightlife venues, dance halls, tea houses, hostess bars and Internet cafe...

Video shows man hurl 2 grenades at Taipei hostess bar

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Three people were injured after a man on Wednesday (March 17) threw two improvised explosive devices at the entrance to a hostess club in Taipei's red-light district. ...

Masks mandatory in Taiwan's KTVs starting Dec. 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Nov. 19) explained its KTV guidelines, which will into effect on Dec. 1. As part of the CECC's strict new me...

Masks to be mandatory in Taiwan's bars, nightclubs starting Dec. 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As part of its strict new measures to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus during autumn and winter, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday (Nov....

Nazi-themed party in Japan draws condemnation

The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center has condemned reports that the owner of one of Tokyo's most famous tourist attractions and hundreds of other businesses in Japan threw a Nazi-themed p...

14 Taipei KTV hostess clubs open, IDs to go into city data cloud

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After being closed down for over a month, 14 KTV hostess clubs (酒店) and dance halls (舞廳) have reopened in Taipei on the condition they follow epidemic prevention rules and...

Taiwan's Kaohsiung hostess clubs, dance halls to reopen Wednesday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) announced Tuesday (May 19) that all hostess clubs (酒店) and dance halls (舞廳) in the city will be allowed to reopen Wednesday (May 20), prov...

Japan's state of emergency is no lock down. What's in it?

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other hard-hit Japanese prefectures to fortify the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. But this is no Euro...