In response to new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on May 11 to raise the alert level and tighten control measures. In line with the stricter preventive measures, the Ministry of Culture (MOC) has ramped up restrictions across the Ministry’s affiliated agencies and venues, effective from May 11 through June 8. Listed below is the latest preventive guide :
(1) Organizers of arts and cultural activities are required to abide by the restrictions, which include allocating seats between visitors, all event attendees and staffs are required to wear a surgical mask at all times, have their temperatures measured, disinfect hands. Real-name registration and crowd control measures will be implemented.
(2) All tickets purchased for events which are canceled will be refunded with no processing fee. The Ministry will provide appropriate compensation for the loss of box office revenues of the performance troupes.
(3) In principle, organizers should cancel outdoor activities of more than 500 persons and indoor activities of more than 100 persons. However, if organizers of such gatherings and activities can arrange designated seats for participants; keep a record of participants' contact information; ensure participants wear masks all the time; and prohibit consumption of food and beverages, organizers may hold such events after submitting disease prevention plans to the local regulatory authority and obtaining permission.
(4) The following upcoming indoor activities of more than 100 persons and outdoor activities of more than 500 persons will be postponed or cancelled :
a. Executive Yuan National Cultural Award ceremony: May 13
b. Folk theatre reshaping project (民間劇場重塑計畫): May 12-23
c. Taiwan Traditional Theatre Festival events : May 14-30
d. Beiguan -Traditional Heavy Metal music event: May 15-16
e. Wen-pin Chien & NTSO – Bruckner 8 : May 15-16 [Cancelled]
f. Museum, Local Cultural Center and Community Building Expo (博物館、地方文化館及社區營造博覽會) : May 22, May 29 and June 11
g. Golden Harvest Award ceremony : June 6
More details will be available on MOC and Ministry’s affiliated agencies websites and social media sites.