Coronavirus: Taiwan’s Flight Attendants to Don Full Protective Gear

Photo: Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center

From April 1, all crew members with Taiwan-based airlines will have to don full protective gear during their flights, says Taiwan-based news agency CNA.

According to health minister Chen Shih-Chung, who leads Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), flight attendants will have to wear the same gear as medical staff, which includes gloves, protective clothing, goggles, and surgical masks.

CECC will also be launching new guidelines for passengers to follow, so as to minimize the spread of coronavirus. Meanwhile, passengers can bring their own protective gear, including alcohol-based hand sanitizers of no more than 100 ml.

The report also said that flight crews working on long-haul passenger flights that require them to enter a foreign country to rest will be subject to five days of home quarantine upon returning to Taiwan.

Earlier this month, Taiwan banned entry for most foreigners, with all new arrivals subject to a 14-day home or hotel quarantine. Those with Taiwan resident permits, diplomatic visas or business visas will be allowed to enter. In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Taiwan also suspended the transit of airline passengers until April 7.


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