On June 24, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that visitation management and related measures for hospitals across Taiwan will be conditionally loosened starting June 24. Related measures are listed below.
I. Visitation management:
A. All hospitals 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, in critical condition, or in special situations. Visitors will be allowed during a set time slot every day, and, in principle, a maximum of two people will be allowed for one inpatient at a time.
B. All visitors should provide a negative result of a self-paid rapid antigen test (including an at-home test kit) taken on the day of visit. Visitors can be exempted from testing if they have received a COVID-19 booster shot for at least 14 days or if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and met the criteria for release from isolation, and there are between 15 days and three months since the onset of symptoms or the positive test (applicable to asymptomatic individuals).
II. Management of individuals accompanying patients:
A. One individual is allowed for one inpatient in hospitals; however, up to two individuals may be allowed if the patient is a child under the age of 12, an elderly person aged 65 or older, or a person with physical or mental disabilities or assessed to require care by the healthcare facility (e.g., impaired mobility or inability to take care of themselves).
B. Individuals accompanying inpatients should take a COVID-19 test within two days before patients they care for are admitted if patients are admitted for non-emergencies; individuals accompanying those admitted for emergencies should take a test before patients' admission. For each inpatient, only one of the individuals accompanying him or her who have received their booster shots for at least 14 days can undergo government-funded screening; those who have not received their boosters for 14 days or more will be required to take a self-paid screening test when entering a hospital and take self-paid screening tests every week. Individuals accompanying patients can be exempted from testing if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and met the criteria for release from isolation, and there are 15 days to three months since the onset of symptoms or the positive test (applicable to asymptomatic individuals).