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[Level 3 COVID Alert] City to Enforce ID-based Admission at Markets, Big Box Stores

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Post date:2021-06-16

Updates:2021-06-16

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To enforce pandemic prevention measures at markets, open-air markets, supermarkets, and big box stores under its jurisdiction, Taipei City Government announced that it will implement crowd flow control measures at these facilities from June 11 through the end of the Level 3 COVID Alert. Admission to these venues will be restricted to the last digit (even/odd) on ID documents for specific days of the week. Compliance is mandatory on weekends and voluntary on weekdays.

The measures are in place for retail markets, open-air markets, supermarkets, and big box stores (Carrefour, RT-Mart, Costco, and AMart). The official city announcement and related guidelines are posted at the entrances of these venues, and staff will be stationed at access points during business hours to enforce the policy, as well as monitoring crowd flows.

Staff at the entrance will also examine the last digit of ID documents to confirm eligibility of admission. Accepted ID documents include National ID card, ARC, Diplomatic ID Card and passport. Those with ID document ending with an odd number can enter on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Those ending with an even digit are admitted on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

The Department of Economic Development pointed out that visitors can download TaipeiPASS to speed up access and scan the QRcode of the specific venue to complete both contact-tracing registration and quick check on even/odd last digit. Simply show the result screen to the stationed staff for faster entry on permitted days. An alternative is to scan the QRcode to activate the 1922 contact-tracing registration, followed by showing either the mycode scan result or eligible ID documents at the gate.

The agency pointed out that facilities unable to implement crowd flow control measures will be closed down for 1 to 3 days and face penalties between NT$60,000 and NT$300,000 in accordance with the Communicable Disease Control Act. Shoppers who refuse to adhere to the policy will be fined between NT$3,000 and NT$15,000 in accordance with the Communicable Disease Control Act. Those who do not comply with traffic management measures will likewise receive fines between NT$60,000 and NT$300,000 under the Communicable Disease Control Act.
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