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Taiwan to loosen COVID-19 restrictions on public transport

As proposed by the Ministry of Transportation, wearing of mask on trains will no longer mandatory beginning on June 7 in response to the slowing down coronavirus pandemic in Taiwan, reports said Wednesday (June 3).

According to the Liberty Times, the easing of rules will be implemented to Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) trains and to high-speed rail trains only if social distancing will be maintained. The report added, the relaxation will not apply to Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system of the nation.

Report said, passengers will still have their temperature checked and will be asked to wear a mask at  the entrance of the train stations. Additionally, the sale of food, drinks and other products while on board will also resume from June 7.

Standing-room tickets will be made available on weekends for a maximum of 120 passengers per train in some categories of TRA trains, according to Liberty Times.

June 7 has been chosen as the date to loosen some restrictions, because it comes at the close of four consecutive infectiousness periods of 14 days each.

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