GO SMART, the global smart city platform chaired by Taipei City, held the technological conversation on epidemic prevention on April 29th, 2020. In this unprecedented and challenging time, governments around the world have sought help to tackle COVID-19 as it spreads across the world, and companies have innovated great solutions or products to help in the fight as well.
As the Covid-19 cases continue to surge, and clusters of infection occurred at migrant workers' dormitories in Singapore, New Taipei City Government underwent the 46th emergency response conference on April 23. Mayor Hou You-yi has instructed the Labor Affairs Department to ask employers and migrant workers to keep a distance and build correct disease control concepts.
New Taipei City held an online sharing of cities' responses on Covid-19 on April 22, attracting 11 cities from Europe and Asia and four organizations that facilitating international exchanges, including UCLG、UCLG ASPAC、GSEF、and GO SMART.
"New Inhabitant Traditional Instrument Culture" exhibition, which grandly opened on April 19 at Fengle Sculpture Park in Taichung, displayed Southeast Asian traditional instruments. Its permanent exhibition area also holds cooking courses and international paper filigree courses that invite the public to join in the courses to experience Southeast Asian culture through arts.
Priority Given to Outbreak Prevention – Adjustments Made to the Health Examination and Departure Verification of Foreign Migrant Workers in Taipei City
Foreign migrant workers who have worked for 6 months, 18 months and 30 months are required to receive regular health examinations, but with the COVID-19 outbreak showing no signs of improvement, to prevent the risk of infection among migrant workers visiting hospitals, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has agreed to postpone the original health examination timetable by 3 months, so the migrant workers can receive their regular health examination after the outbreak has abated.
The annual Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr will not be held as scheduled in Taipei this May, in an effort to avoid large gatherings amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the city government said Thursday. The religious event, also known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast, is usually celebrated by tens of thousands of Muslims in Taiwan each year and was scheduled for May 24 in Taipei.
As the outbreak deteriorates in Europe and the US, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has continued to expand the list of Level 3 Warning countries, resulting in a spike in the demand for quarantine hotels recently and leading to insufficient rooms.
Tainan City Government and world-leading travel platform Klook officially kicked off bilateral collaborations on March 5 with a MOU signed by Tainan City Mayor Huang Wei-che and Klook's head of marketing in Taiwan Sam Lin. Klook will assist Tainan tourism businesses to launch at least 100 Tainan tourism products by the end of June.
To reinforce the outbreak prevention campaign among foreign migrant workers, Taipei City Government’s Department of Labor (DOL) Commissioner Chen Hsin-Yu personally visited St. Christopher‘s Church and the Taipei Grand Mosque on February 10 to convey city government’s policy of “humanitarian care and outbreak prevention priority” to the religious leaders and ask them to pass on the message to the migrant workers.
“Panoramic Taichung Lumen Area” in the Taiwan Lantern Festival – the Amazing 360-degree Light Sculpture Show
The Taichung City Government's Information Bureau jumped out of the box by inviting the light sculpture team, Hexogon Solution, from Singapore that set up Guinness World Records title to build “Panoramic Taichung Lumen Area” that uses the 360-degree panoramic effect in the Blossom Pavilion reflecting the large-scale installation artwork, “Tree of Life” presenting the wonder of life.