The mask mandate is still required on public transportation. A man got off the train at Taipei Metro without wearing a mask. An argument occurred and those who refuse to comply with the regulations can be fined up to NT$15,000.
Unmasked Passenger: “Why do masks need to be worn in public places?”
A man makes a huge fuss inside a metro station.
Metro Taipei Police Officer: “Please put it on. ”
Unmasked Passenger: “No, I won't!”
A metro police officer attempted several times to ask the man to put on a mask, but he kept refusing.
Unmasked Passenger: “Go ahead, fine me. I'm not afraid of you.”
The man was out of control and verbally abusing the police officer. In the end, he finally put on a mask and rushed to an escalator.
Ling Chi-yao, Director, Customer Service Center, Metro Taipei: “This male passenger was a bit agitated and afterwards he put on a mask. Metro police officers accompanied him as he swiped his ticket and departed the station. Metro operations were not affected.”
This incident occurred at around 6 p.m. on Feb. 27. The man alighted at Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station and was not wearing a mask. He was asked to put one on. Instead of complying, he started arguing with the stationmaster and police officer. Metro Taipei reminds the public that "face masks must be worn on Taipei Metro at all times." So far, no one has been fined for refusing to comply.
Passenger: “Masks are still required inside medical facilities and on public transportation. They're not required anywhere else.”
Passenger: “I still wear one when indoors. I wear one outdoors too, and I feel a twinge of guilt if I take it off to get some fresh air.”
There have been incidents of improperly masked passengers on buses, forcing drivers to remind them to wear their masks properly and leading to arguments. The CECC announced the indoor mask mandate was lifted starting Feb. 20 but would not include medical facilities and public transportation. This means that masks are still required to be worn while riding the metro, public buses, and taxis. Those who refuse to comply even when asked can be fined up to NT$15,000.