On April 22, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it will adjust visitation management measures for hospitals, effective from April 22. Related measures are listed below.
A. Visitation rules:
1. Visitors will be banned at hospitals in Taipei City, New Taipei City, Keelung City, Taoyuan City, Kaohsiung City, and Hualien County with certain exceptions. Exceptions include the following situations: a patient undergoing surgery or an invasive treatment needs to be accompanied by family members 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 for other reasons, and the healthcare facility has approved the need for family members of the patient to visit.
2. Unless in the above special situations, hospitals in other cities or counties may 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:
1. All visitors should provide a negative result of a self-paid rapid antigen test (including using an at-home test kit) taken on the day of visit.
2. 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.
3. Only visitors who don't have COVID-19-related symptoms and have not had contact with any confirmed cases or have not been to venues visited by confirmed cases will be allowed, and visitors must wear a mask at all times and practice respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette and hand hygiene after entering a hospital.