Starting March 6, Taiwan no longer require masks to be worn in schools.
The mask mandate has been lifted in schools starting March 6. Apart from school buses, student health centers, etc., students can decide whether or not they want to wear masks.
Student, Taipei Municipal Dajia Elementary School: “The teacher said the restrictions have been lifted. (So what does that mean?) We do not need to wear a mask.”
Student, Taipei Municipal Dajia Elementary School: “(Some places require wearing a mask but some places allow you to take it off. Do you find it inconvenient?) No. I just think if someone's family member is sick at home then that's trouble.”
Upon actual observation at an elementary school, many still choose to keep their masks on.
Student, Taipei Municipal Dajia Elementary School: “I do not want people to see my face.”
Student, Taipei Municipal Dajia Elementary School: “I'm afraid the cold wind (may) affect my breathing.”
Parent, Taipei Municipal Dajia Elementary School: “The kids had to wear masks back in first grade. I think that helped in preventing kids from contracting the flu and enterovirus.”
Parent, Taipei Municipal Dajia Elementary School: “I feel that it's safer to wear a mask still.”
Students have been accustomed to wearing masks and disinfecting before entering the school. The partitions on tables will no longer be required. Nevertheless, no talking while eating and wearing a mask when getting food are still mandated.
Lee Chung-hui, Principal, Taipei Municipal Dajia Elementary School: “School buses, health centers, and assemblies in the auditorium as well as getting food still require wearing a mask. Other times, some students are practicing pronunciation so teachers recommend using the transparent masks.”
Even though the school mask mandate was lifted, most teachers and students are still used to mask-wearing. It shows that due to the epidemic prevention measures in the past few years, self-prevention is still the priority among the public.