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Hundreds of people in Taiwan fined up to NT$15,000 for not wearing face mask in public

Hundreds of people across Taiwan face a fine of up to NT$15,000 for not wearing a mask in public, just one day after the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) raised the COVID-19 alert to Level 3 nationwide.

In Kaohsiung, where 13 domestically transmitted infections have been recorded, Mayor Chen Chi-mai said Thursday the city will issue 633 tickets for violations of the CECC guidelines that occurred over the past 24 hours.

Among those violations, 604 cases involved people who ignored the mask-wearing rule, the mayor said.

Tighter disease controls were imposed nationwide Wednesday after the country recorded more than 1,000 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases over the previous five days.

The CECC asked people to wear masks at all times when not at home or face a fine from NT$3,000 to NT$15,000, while shutting down public facilities and adult entertainment venues across the country in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.

Chen was one of several local government chiefs who pledged zero tolerance for those who break the rules and granted power to officers from different government departments to issue notices to people who do not wear masks in public.

Once a person who refuses to comply is issued a notice, their record of violation is referred to the health department, which then hands down a fine based on the seriousness of the violation.

The police also raided a karaoke bar that continued to operate Wednesday evening regardless of the CECC guidelines, said Chen.

In addition to a fine of up to NT$300,000, the city government has ordered water and electricity to the bar cut, he added. -Central News Agency, CNA Photo



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