More news on recent COVID-19 cases in Taipei and New Taipei City. One worker working for the AIT has been confirmed with COVID-19 lately, while Ambassador Theater and World Gym Dazhi Branch in Taipei have also been closed for disinfection after COVID-19 cases were reported.
People are waiting in line outside the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) in Taipei to apply for U.S. visas. Application service for U.S. visa operates as usual despite the news that one worker working at AIT who has been fully vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) vaccines tested positive. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) confirmed the news and said the worker was infected by family members. Twelve people in close contact with the case have been determined and quarantined. The AIT issued a statement, in which Spokesperson Edward Dunn refrained from sharing any specific details due to privacy reasons, but made it clear that they would disinfect their office space. Fitness centers and gyms have only just reopened on the 13th and COVID cases have been found already at several World Gym branches in Taipei City. World Gym Dazhi branch had to shut down for three days starting Monday the 26th for disinfection. Some members failed to realize and came to a closed gym.
Mr. Li, World Gym member："I only found out after I arrived. I did not receive any notice beforehand."
Liao Jung-ying, PR Manager, World Gym："For public health and safety concerns against COVID-19, we have completed thorough disinfection of our World Gym Dazhi branch on July 26. We are also closed from July 26 to 28, which is in accordance with both the central government's and Taipei City Government's COVID prevention regulations."
A moviegoer got confirmed with COVID-19 after visiting the Ambassador Theater located on Chang Chun Road during afternoon of the 22nd. The theater also closed on the 26th for a disinfection. The 12 employees of the theater will undergo PCR tests while the venue remains closed. It will reopen on Thursday, July 29.
Taiwan has lowered its Level 3 epidemic control restrictions to Level 2 on July 27. New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih visited the Nanxing Market in Banqiao for an inspection. He asked one vendor after the other whether or not they have gotten vaccinated. He remains stringent on regulating traffic flow going in and out of the market and having people scanning QR codes for contact info registration for facility access. Also, no food tasting is allowed. In response to Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je's consideration of gradually reopening outdoor dining areas, Hou remained conservative and said it depends on the COVID-19 trend of this week.
Hou Yu-ih, New Taipei City Mayor："We will see if we can relax some measures from looking at the COVID numbers of this week."
Hou said decision-makers will pay close attention to how the pandemic situation unfolds. If COVID-19 numbers continue to fall, then regulations can be lifted one by one. If the situation cannot be well under control, then strict COVID prevention measures will stay put.
World Gym品牌公關經理 廖容瑩表示：「因應疫情影響，台北大直店，在7月26號，已完成全面清消，並配合中央及台北市政府防疫規範，在自7月26號到7月28號，停業3天。」