New regulations for the entry of Hong Kong and Macau nationals into Taiwan took effect today. As a result, numerous Hong Kong, Macau, and foreign students moved up their return to Taiwan, although they will still have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. National Sun Yat-sen University prepared a dormitory for this purpose.
Staff members wearing protective gear deliver breakfast to the rooms where Hong Kong, Macau, and foreign students are undergoing quarantine. Once the delivery is complete, the boxes that held the food and the staff members all undergo disinfection. This was the scene at a National Sun Yat-sen University dormitory that usually accommodates 240 students. It was rearranged to allow up to 60 students to undergo quarantine, with one person per room. At present, there are 25 students inside the dormitory.
At present, there are 25 students living inside our quarantine center dormitory. However, what is worth noting is that the majority of our Hong Kong and foreign students have not yet entered the country. The majority will arrive in a few days' time. There are 22 foreign students arriving. As they are transiting through Hong Kong, they need to undergo quarantine.
The university said it is conforming to the government's decree that all Hong Kong and Macau nationals are banned from entering Taiwan starting on Feb. 11 with the exception of people on business contracts; international employees transferred to Taiwan; and residents of Hong Kong and Macau who hold Taiwan resident permits, their spouses, and minor children. Hong Kong, Macau, and foreign students moved up their return to Taiwan to complete the quarantine before Feb. 27, when the new school semester will start.
The Office of International Affairs must be on standby 24 hours a day and maintain contact with these Chinese, foreign, Hong Kong, Macau, overseas Chinese, and exchange students in order to know when they are returning. Only by knowing these names will we know how many rooms to prepare for quarantine. This here is the most difficult problem for universities.
The dormitory will be disinfected and reused once the quarantine period is over. National Kaohsiung Normal University and I-Shou University have also made preparations for a one person to a room quarantine. The three universities will provide distance learning resources or relax registration regulations for those students who are unable to return in time to lower the impact on their education.