Masks at Taiwan banks compulsory from April 20

16-Apr-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Following the example set by Taiwan’s public transportation systems and post offices, banks will start requiring visitors to wear masks Monday (April 20) to protect themselves against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) said it would hand in a proposal to that effect to the Central Epidemic Command centre (CECC) as early as Friday (April 17), CNA reported.

FSC minister Wellington Koo told reporters Wednesday (April 15) that the association of banks had already come out in favour of the mask requirement but that the measure needed the approval of the CECC before it could be enforced. The official proposal will be submitted on Friday at the earliest or possibly next week, the minister said.

In the case of public transport, people not wearing a mask can be fined between NT$3,000 (US$99.8) and NT$15,000. Like at post offices, bank staff will ask customers without a mask to stay outside, according to the report.

At present, visitors to post offices currently have their temperatures measured and are turned away if they have a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher.

On Wednesday, the number of coronavirus cases in Taiwan reached 395, including six deaths and 137 patients already released from hospitals.

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