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Taipei City allows 44 Wanhua tea houses to reopen

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei City Government has allowed 44 tea houses in the district of Wanhua to resume business Tuesday (Nov. 16), almost six months after they were at the center of a C...

Taipei to reopen entertainment venues that meet COVID-19 prevention requirements

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Night clubs, saunas, and dance halls without staff dance partners in Taipei may reopen as soon as Tuesday (Nov. 2) if approved, while bars, tea houses, and dance halls wit...

Taiwan CECC will continue to require people leave contact info to enter most places

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan will continue the practice of requesting people scan QR codes or fill out forms to enter buildings indefinitely, CNA reported. For the past four months, people i...

Confirmed COVID case visited 'some places' in Taipei's Wanhua

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's health department on Tuesday (Sept. 28) announced that the latest local COVID case had visited "some places" in the city's Wanhua District in Ma...

Taipei to crack down on sex industry before bars reopen

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei City plans to let bars and "tea houses" reopen in September, but there will be zero tolerance for the sex industry, officials said Friday (Aug. 6). Aft...

27 foreign tea parlor hostesses unaccounted for in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Police are currently trying to track down 27 foreign tea parlor hostesses as Taipei struggles with a massive coronavirus outbreak in the district where they had worked. ...

Banks in Taiwan promote working from home during COVID pandemic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — With domestic COVID-19 transmissions rising and local governments shutting down public venues, more than 120 financial institutions are encouraging their employees to work...

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...

Taiwan reports record 16 local COVID cases in one day

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (May 12) reported 16 local infections, a new single-day record since the start of the pandemic. During ...

2 women in Taipei tea houses test positive for COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (May 12) reported two local COVID-19 cases and 42 contacts in the heart of Taipei. During a press confe...

Taipei shuts down public gatherings amid community transmission in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Amid a declaration of community transmission by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), Taipei City announced on Tuesday (May 11) that it will be canceling all events ...

Best spots in Taipei’s Maokong to watch NYE fireworks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) has recommended three spots in Maokong for people to celebrate New Year's Eve and watch the Taipei 101 fireworks. TRTC, whic...

German police conduct raids linked to illegal gambling

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of police officers searched shisha bars, tea houses and illegal gambling halls across western Germany early Sunday. The officers confiscated 34,000 euros (arou...

Thousands light up joints during Hindu festival in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hindu holy men were joined by devotees and the public Friday at a revered temple in Kathmandu where they lit up marijuana cigarettes during an annual festival despite prohibiti...

Virus rattles Chinese communities, canceling new year events

ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) — The rapid spread of a new virus from China has cast a pall across Chinese American communities, with people staying inside whenever possible, wearing medical masks when they mu...