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Taipei restaurant not permitting foreigners for dine-in, draws anger to foreign residents in Taiwan

Foreign residents in Taiwan bursted in anger after a restaurant in Taipei posted a discriminatory sign saying that only Taiwanese are allowed to dine inside while foreigners can only have a takeout order.

A member of a Facebook group, Foreigners Society in Taiwan, on Monday (April 27), shared a photo of the sign posted in an Italian restaurant and cat cafe in Taipei's Xinyi District. The person who posted the image said that the photo had been taken by a friend when they visited the restaurant on Sunday (April 26). He said he was so upset by the restaurant's discriminatory policy that he threatened to call the police.

"Due to COVID-19 impact, we don't have choice to service foreigner take out only. For local, please make sure wear mask in public area", the sign reads.

Taiwan news asked the restaurant for an explanation  behind the sign, the management then said that the the announcement was created weeks ago because some customers from abroad had allegedly recently returned from overseas without staying under quarantine for the full 14 days as is required. 

The restaurant later on apologized to everyone even though they claimed that the sign was just meant to to enforce "strict rules" to "protect public health."

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