On February 24, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that starting March 1, visitation management measures for hospitals will be adjusted; visiting patients will remain banned at hospitals in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Kaohsiung cities with certain exceptions.
A. Visitation rules:
a. Visitation control: Hospitals in Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, and Kaohsiung City will ban visits with certain exceptions. Exceptions include the following situations: a patient undergoing surgery or an invasive treatment needs to be accompanied by family members for or the law requires the patient's family members to sign a consent form or document for the treatment or surgery; the condition of a patient admitted to special care wards, including emergency departments, intensive care units and hospice wards, needs to be explained by doctors to family members; a patient's condition deteriorates or a patient needs medical treatment, or a patient has been hospitalized for a long time, and the healthcare facility has approved the need for family members of the patient to visit; a patient's condition deteriorates or a patient needs medical treatment, or for other reasons, and the healthcare facility has approved the need for family members of the patient to visit.
b. Hospitals in other cities or counties will conditionally allow visits to the following: patients in ICUs, hospice wards, respiratory care wards (including RCC wards), psychiatric wards, chronic disease wards, and pediatric wards, and patients with physical and mental disabilities or in critical condition. Visitors will be allowed during a set time slot every day, and, in principle, a maximum of two people will be allowed for one hospitalized patient at a time.
B. Other rules:
a. All visitors should provide a certificate of a negative self-paid rapid antigen test (including using at-home test kits) or PCR test result issued within three days prior to the day of visit.
b. Visitors can be exempted from the testing measure if they have received a COVID-19 booster shot for at least 14 days or if they were confirmed to have COVID-19, met the conditions for release from isolation, and experienced onset of symptoms less than three months ago.
c. Only visitors who don't have COVID-19-related symptoms and have not come into contact with any confirmed cases or have not been to venues visited by confirmed cases are allowed, and visitors must wear a mask at all times and practice respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette and hand hygiene after entering a hospital.