Due to the impact of the pandemic and in compliance with the central government’s COVID-19 prevention guidelines under Level 2 COVID Alert, Taipei City Government has limited the number of people at the event venue (no more than 300 people outdoors and 80 people indoors). The following measures are also implemented for this year’s ceremony:
- Minimizing the size of staff at the site: To ensure that the number of participants remain under 300, some of the invitations have been cancelled.
- Ceremony not open to public attendance: To minimize the risk of cluster infection, there will be no audience at the venue.
- Preventative measures in place: (a) Staff members are listed and placed under health monitoring; (b) Measures such as contact-tracing registration, temperature-taking, hand sanitization, social distancing, and face mask wearing are in place, and (c) disinfection of the venue and equipment will be carried out before and after the ceremony.
Civil Affairs Commissioner Lan Shih-tsung remarked that while the wave of COVID-19 in Taiwan have stabilized in recent days, the pandemic remains a threat around the globe – especially with the virus variants. To ensure the compliance of the ceremony with national and local guidelines, the organizers have scaled down the number of staff and implemented strict monitoring measures to protect the health of participants.
While unable to observe the ceremony onsite, the public is still invited to watch the live streaming of the event. For more information on live streaming, please visit the Chinese website of the Facebook fan page of Taipei Confucius Temple or the institution’s official Chinese website).