Chiayi, Crowd control measures will be enforced at the Alishan Forest Recreation Area in southern Taiwan during the three-day Labor Day holiday starting Friday, in an effort to prevent cluster infections of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Chiayi Forest District Office said Monday.
The number of visitors allowed in at any one time will be limited to 4,355, with control measures to be implemented in three phases, the office said.
Once the park hits 3,000 people, motorists and tourists driving up the mountain will be warned via electronic road signs and the police radio broadcast service.
When the number reaches 4,000, traffic officers standing at the 66K-point mark along the No. 18 Provincial Highway that leads to the recreation area will start advising visitors to first go to other nearby attractions, such as Fenqihu and Sanmei.
Security guards will manage traffic at the Alishan park entrance, the office said.
Once the limit is reached, no more vehicles will be allowed to enter the recreation area, however those who have prior reservations at accommodations inside the park will be exempted from the crowd control measures.
Chang Tai (張岱), who heads the Chiayi office, said local health authorities arrived Monday to disinfect the park area in preparation for the three-day holiday break.
Workers at the site will also regularly sanitize the park area during the break to provide a safe environment for visitors, Tai added.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel