Taiwan suspends religious services, shuts lodgings along hiking trails

China | 16 May 2021 10:59 am

Activities such as religious processions and prayers  inside places of worship, including temples, churches and mosques, have been suspended nationwide until June 8, Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yen said Saturday, CNA reports.

His remarks came after the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) raised the coronavirus disease alert level for Taipei and New Taipei to Level 3 that day as the country reported a record 180 new domestic infections.

In view of the current situation in Taiwan, Chen said worshipers will not be allowed the enter the religious establishments, but will be able to carry out their worship outside the buildings, provided that they register their contact information to facilitate quick contact tracing, he added.

Chen also noted that all public lodges along the hiking trails within the Yushan, Taroko and Sheipa national parks are also closed to visitors until May 28.

The deputy minister estimated that nearly 15,000 hikers who had booked to stay at one of the lodges will be impacted by the closure and he advised them to change their itineraries and keep up-to-date on the latest news via the national park websites.

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