Taiwan's exported number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise, and the focus is back on disease prevention. On Aug. 6, Yunlin County's Chaotian Temple announced a mandatory mask policy for entry along with social distancing.
Mask-wearing Chaotian Temple workers ask devotees to don masks as they enter. Taiwan has seen a surge of exported COVID-19 cases to other countries in recent weeks, and the government has ordered mandatory masks in enclosed spaces.
(Regulations were relaxed) for a while and people stopped wearing masks. I think masks are still necessary.
The central government will enforces mask-wearing based on pandemic situation. We announced a mandatory mask policy on our website on the 6th.
The temple says it has also stepped up disinfection around altars and is asking devotees to maintain social distancing inside the temple. Nearby stores say they hope tourists can comply.
Of course you still worry. Everyone's in the same boat. The economy has tanked because of the pandemic. If everyone wears masks to prevent the pandemic from spreading -- this should just be the new normal.
The temple was named to the Central Epidemic Command Center's warning list of potential infection sites in April and crowds didn't return until June. Local stores hope tourists can do their part to keep the temple and local economy safe.