All flight crews working with Taiwan-based airlines will be required to wear full protective gear during flights starting April 1, according to Taiwan-based news agency CNA.
Taiwan’s health minister Chen Shih-chung, who heads Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), said crew members will have to wear the same equipment as medical staff, reported CNA. This includes surgical masks, goggles, protective clothing and gloves.
Chen said the CECC will also come up with guidelines for passengers, who will be punished if they break the rules, reported the CNA.
Currently passengers can bring their own protective gear, including alcohol-based hand sanitisers of no more than 100 ml.
The report also said passengers can not change their seats without notifying the airline, citing the CECC.
According to the report, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) also announced 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 after returning to Taiwan.
As of writing this story, Taiwan’s Centres for Diseases Control reported 306 confirmed cases and five deaths. Out of the 306 confirmed cases in Taiwan, 262 are imported cases.
The island banned entry for most foreigners earlier this month. Those with Taiwan resident permits, diplomatic visas or business visas will be allowed to enter, and all new arrivals will be subject to a 14-day home or hotel quarantine.
Taiwan also recently suspended the transit of airline passengers through the island until April 7 in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.