On August 24, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it will adjust visitation control rules and screening measures for visitors and individuals accompanying hospitalized patients starting August 24, 2021, as domestic infections continue on a downward trend.
A. Visits to the following patients may be allowed: patients in ICUs, hospice wards, respiratory care wards, psychiatric wards and pediatric wards, and patients with physical and mental disabilities or in critical condition. Visitors are allowed during a fixed visiting time slot every day, and, in principle, a maximum of two people are allowed for one hospitalized patient at a time. All visitors should provide a certificate of a negative self-paid rapid antigen test result or PCR test result issued within three days prior to the day of visit.
B. Hospitalized patients in the cities with risks (Taipei City and New Taipei City) must undergo a government-funded rapid antigen test on the 7th day and 14th day, respectively, following their admission. Individuals accompanying hospitalized patients must undergo a rapid antigen test every seven days, with the testing fee of one of the individuals accompanying patients paid by the government.
C. Visitors or individuals accompanying hospitalized patients can be exempted from the said screening measures if they received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine 14 or more days previously or if they were confirmed to have COVID-19, met the conditions for release from isolation after testing negative, and experienced onset of symptoms less than three months ago.