Nationwide: Level 2 epidemic warning (from October 17, 2021) - Rules, FAQ

“Level 2 epidemic warning” has been issued for whole Taiwan. CDC CDC2
Rules, implications, FAQ here in this thread.

Generally, keep up to date by following news from Taiwan’s official state news agency CNA. The official CECC announcements are here.

The rulesUpdated in Oct 17th, 2021
As the pandemic has continued to subside and the situation is under control in Taiwan, after discussions with relevant agencies and assessments, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on October 17 that it will maintain the Level 2 epidemic alert, effective from October 19 to November 1. Details about adjustments to related regulations are listed below.

A. Level 2 measures:
1.Unless an exception applies, masks must be worn at all times when outside: people will not be required to wear a mask when doing exercises outdoors or taking individual/group photos indoors and outdoors, or if social distancing can be maintained and they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
2. Contact information registration measures and social distancing must be implemented.
3.Crowd control or capacity limit management at commercial business venues and public venues: a distance of at least 1.5 meters per person (2.25 square meters per person) is required indoors and a distance of 1 meter per person (1 square meters per person) is required outdoors.
4. The limit on the number of people in gatherings (including meetings, exhibitions, wedding banquets, and banquets):
(1) 80 people indoors or over 80 people indoors but a distance of at least 1.5 meters per person (2.25 square meters per person) shall be maintained between people.
(2) 300 people outdoors.
(3) Any gathering that doesn’t follow the above-mentioned rules should submit an epidemic prevention and control plan or should be organized according to the regulations of the competent authority.

B. Masks must be worn at all times when outside, except for the following situations in an outdoor environment:

  1. People doing exercises outdoors;
  2. People taking individual/group photos indoors and outdoors;
  3. People in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and animal husbandry sectors that work in open spaces (such as farm fields, fish ponds, forests and mountains);
    4.People in forests and mountains (including forest recreation areas) and those on the beach.
    In the above-mentioned situations, people will not be required to wear a mask, but they should carry a mask with them. People should still wear a mask if they have related symptoms or if they cannot maintain social distancing from non-specific persons.
  4. People who need to consume food and beverages when outside will not be required to wear a mask if social distancing can be maintained or partitions are installed.
    6.Masks may be temporarily removed in venues (e.g., the dining area of Taiwan Railway Administration and Taiwan High-Speed Rail) or during activities that comply with the CECC’s or competent authority’s epidemic prevention and control rules.

C. Venues that should remain closed: Singing and dance venues, nightclubs, clubs, hostess bars, bars, pubs, and beauty parlors (tourist parlors and audio-video parlors)


FAQ for Taiwan level 3 epidemic warning
(work in progress, need details and verification)

  • Does public transportation still run? Yes (link)

  • Do supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores stay open? Yes, but registration by 1922 QR code&SMS or paper list with phone number/name required for better contact tracing.

  • I don’t have a Taiwan telephone number, or can’t send SMS. How can I use the 1922 QR code registration system? You can use the TaipeiPass app instead. See this tweet by @au Audrey Tang

  • Do food or grocery delivery services still operate? Yes CNA6
    Here is a list of online food delivery services.

  • Do I need to hoard masks, toilet paper, or food? No (CNA9)

  • Is self paid vaccination still possible? No new registrations, already registered appointments have been cancelled, availability of 2nd doses not sure yet (link)

  • Do universities still open? Yes, but campuses are closed for non-students (link)

  • Do banks still work? Yes, but might reduce opening hours (FSC)


I’m making an off-topic post to suggest that people make this thread just for what’s actually going on with regulations, not random observations of crowds. Otherwise it’ll become as unwieldy as the other threads, and therefore unhelpful.


Excellent suggestion, I’ll simply delete other stuff so if there’s any doubt please don’t post it here.


Traditional markets

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Since this is the Level 3 “rules” thread, it may be helpful to link a story with more details about some of the penalties for noncompliance.

  • Not complying with the limits of indoor / outdoor gatherings (including religious processions)? between NT$60,000 and NT$300,000

  • Not wearing a mask after leaving home? up to NT$15,000

  • A business that does not comply with the new rules? up to NT$300,000

Minister Chen’s explanation:

“The aim is not to punish, but to set up rules that people can abide by,” Chen stressed, urging people to cooperate with the government and follow the rules.




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For leaving your name at places in Taipei City, it sounds like this Taipei City app works at a bunch of places - 北市推實名制神器 申請專屬QR code省去手寫表格 - 生活 - 中時新聞網

Download links: 下載安裝APP.台北通

I say sounds like because if you have an ARC it requires manual verification of your account that takes 1-2 business days :upside_down_face:


I haven’t been able to find it through the English site. It does pop directly up in the Chinese version but I haven’t tried it yet.

Hold on.

EDIT - I wasn’t able to do it - the numbers aren’t visible on the back of my card. It does have info for foreign names, requires an APRC or ARC for non-Taiwanese and seems to be easy enough…though it’s all in Chinese.

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Restrictions of Entering Taiwan


Mods: I don’t know where to post this, so please move accordingly.

For pet owners in Taipei, specifically dog owners, how can I find out about the rules for walking dogs if we were to move to level 4. I’m hearing mixed answers from friends.

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Related article in Mandarin

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Q&A on CDC site says “The indoor party must not exceed 5 people (inclusive)” in Chinese, to make it clear that 5 are included in the prohibited number. It is one of things hard to understand for me why people are so confused by the word. It clearly means “and above” as @finley said.

Many English articles say over 5, 5+, or often more than 5, so they are unclear or wrong, but Chinese is very clear.

This article correctly says “more than 4”

This site also correctly says “5 or more”

All family or social gatherings indoors with 5 or more people are banned

Level 3 COVID-19 Alert in Place for Taipei City Effective May 15


for Taipei


Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said in Saturday’s (July 17) pandemic update that masks are still mandatory at all times during the semi-lockdown. However, eating and drinking in the car for family members who live together will not be penalized. This does not apply if one of the passengers is not a family member or doesn’t live in the household.



People will also be allowed to swim, snorkel and carry out other other activities at the beach, as long as they wear a mask when they are not in the water, he added.

Currently, only limited activities that allow social distancing, such as scuba diving and surfing, are permitted at the beach, according to the CECC.