In an attempt to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Taiwan could restrict visitor numbers to its amusement parks and attraction sites to 50 per cent of their maximum capacity.

The Ministry of Transportation made the announcement in a drive to prevent dense crowds condensing into tourist sites in the Chinese state.

The announcement came after footage emerged of large crowds gathering at some of the island’s major attraction sites over the Tomb Sweeping Holiday in early April. Many people were ignoring the government’s calls to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Consequently, calls are being made for the island’s May 1 holiday to be cancelled and for the government to announce it could limit entrance to 25 of Taiwan’s most popular attraction sites to 50 per cent of their total capacity.

The same restrictions would be applied to 42 popular scenic spots on the island. Entry and exit points to be monitoring to mange the number of visitors coming in and out of amusement sites and other popular attractions.

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