The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday that those breaking home quarantine under the loosened "10+4" and "7+7" protocols between Dec. 14 and Feb. 14 will face fines of up to NT$1 million (US$35,964).
CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (???) laid out details of the punishments for potential infractions at a daily press briefing.
With only 26,000 quarantine hotel rooms available and around 40,000 people expected to arrive in Taiwan for the Jan. 29-Feb. 6 Lunar New Year holiday, the CECC made the decision to allow partial home quarantine over the two-month period surrounding the holiday.
Currently, those entering Taiwan must spend the entirety of a mandatory 14-day quarantine period at a government quarantine facility or a quarantine hotel.
However, the loosened protocols will permit those meeting certain criteria to spend either seven or four of those days at their own residences under the CECC's 7+7 and 10+4 plans.
With the CECC's 10+4 plan, returnees will be allowed to spend the final four days of quarantine in either an individual residence, or in a shared residence with fully vaccinated individuals where the person quarantining has their own room and en suite bathroom.
Those wishing to quarantine at home under the 10+4 plan must also provide a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result on either the ninth or tenth day of their quarantine.
Chuang said that the CECC's 7+7 plan would allow those fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved by either the World Health Organization or Taiwan's health authorities to spend the second half of the mandatory quarantine period at home.
For those fully vaccinated people who do not live alone, however, they will only have the right to choose the 7+7 plan if the individuals they share during home quarantine are also fully vaccinated.
They must also return a negative PCR test result on their final day at a government quarantine facility or a quarantine hotel, Chuang said.
Individuals sharing with those quarantining under the 7+7 plan will be asked to practice enhanced self-health management, and will also be checked on by the authorities via text messages during the period, in addition to taking two self-paid rapid tests for COVID-19.
According to Chuang, this means they cannot share a washroom or meals, should limit contact with the person in quarantine, and should refrain from going to crowded places and taking public transport.
Meanwhile, the individual in quarantine must take a self-paid rapid test and a free PCR test for COVID arranged by the local authorities, Chuang said.
Travelers to Taiwan still have the option of spending the entire 14-day quarantine period in a quarantine hotel, but Chuang said that regardless of which plan a traveler chooses, they will still need to practice self-health management for seven days after leaving quarantine.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel