Taiwan has gone over 200 consecutive days without open COVID on the streets.
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|Getting disinfected at airport|
You do not leave your quarantine apartment. At all. Food is brought to you. The government checks on you daily. In many cases, you are required to undergo several additional COVID tests – just in case. All this at your own expense. Anyone testing positive in these additional tests is immediately taken to a hospital for isolated observation and care.
If you continue to be COVID-free, only then are you allowed to enter the streets of Taiwan. Once on the streets, most people choose to wear masks full time but it is not required. Only on public transportation are you required to wear a mask.
And at Church on Sundays -
full two hours with everyone allowed at the same time.
The streets are safe.Like I said, Taiwan is virtually COVID-free. No COVID on the streets. Completely safe.
So, you know what Taiwan is going to do?
They are tightening the restrictions.
Yes, that’s right. Tightening the restrictions!
Starting December 1st, masks will be required at the following places: medical facilities, mass transit, places of consumption, schools, exhibitions and athletic centers, entertainment venues, houses of worship, and business venues. That’s pretty much everywhere there are people.
Starting December 1st, all travelers to Taiwan will be required to provide a “within-three-days-travel-to-Taiwan” negative COVID test.
|A small child with a mask |
No one will complain. No one will riot. No one will protest. The fines for disobedience are steep (up to $526). In some cases, the punishment is prison. The people are just happily compliant, grateful for their near-normal life style.
I asked our local senior sister missionary if anyone has ever disobeyed the mask mandate on public transportation.
She said, “Of course!”
Surprised, I asked, “How many people?”
She replied, “Just one. He’s in jail now.”