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Taiwan to fine up to NT$150,000 for those who refuse to wear mask if serious outbreak occurs


In the case of a serious outbreak of COVID-19 in Taiwan, local governments will be compelled to fine people who refuse to wear face masks in certain public spaces according to Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).


Local governments Tainan and Taoyuan cities already began fining people over the past week who refuse to wear masks in eight types of public spaces, including medical care centers, public transportation, schools and religious centers.

Other places are markets, performance centers, entertainment centers and events where large numbers of people gather, are also included on the list.

People who refuse to wear masks can be fined between NT$3,000 up to NT$150,000 under Taiwan's Communicable Disease Control Act, according to the governments of the two cities.

The CECC will impose the measure if the pandemic worsens in Taiwan or if domestic cases with no known origin appear in the country.

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