With the alert of COVID-19 being lowered to level 2 on July 27th around the country, various attractions in Taipei have reopened in succession.
The Department of Information and Tourism (TPEDOIT) has introduced the “Taipei Travel Warning Signal System,” which demonstrates the lights (size) of crowds around 11 popular spots in Taipei. The system compiles information from destinations such as Ximending Shopping District, Shilin Night Market, Xinyi Commercial Center, Yangmingshan National Park and Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, and more. It also integrates information spanning real-time images processing, real-time weather conditions, and surrounding traffic conditions, to nearby parking spaces.
People can browse the related information of these locations on the websites before their visit, helping to prevent unnecessary overcrowding during the pandemic. TPEDOIT has implemented real-time image processing for the attractions since last April, 2020. In that case, so people are able to grasp the flow of crowds on-site.
Moreover, the Taipei Travel Warning Signal System" was launched on February 10, 2021. The on-site personnel of the attractions will report on the presence of crowds and provide reference for people planning to travel to the location. To provide the public with more accurate information on crowdedness at the destinations, TPEDOIT has cooperated with telecommunications operators this year to launch the "Taipei Tourist Crowd Warning Signal System" which is automatically able to determine the crowds at each destination automatically.
Furthermore, the concept of the average crowd value automatically determines the crowd indicator lights automatically. The lights are divided into red light "overcrowded", yellow light "slightly crowded" and green light "normal flow". If the red light is shown, it means there are large crowds and visitors should avoid coming for the time being. The other pages demonstrate real-time traffic conditions around the attractions, remaining parking spaces at surrounding parking lots, and other data, as well as providing diverse information about the attractions for the public, which are is useful to know before visiting.
This week coincides with the second weekend after the alert has lowered. During the epidemic, once when people would likeish to go out, they can go to the Taipei Tourism Network "Taipei Tourist Crowd Warning Signal System" to browse the lights of the tourist attractions. TPEDOIT has appealed to the public to adhere to pandemic prevention regulations in place for each attraction, including wearing face masks, completing contact-tracing registration, maintaining social distance, and taking personal epidemic prevention measures to reduce the risk of contact and infection, in order to protect your health and the health of others, so that you can travel with precaution and return home safely.