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Fighting against COVID-19, the 2021 Taiwan Lantern Festival has been cancelled


Organized by the Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications and Hsinchu City Government, the 2021 Taiwan Lantern Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

On January 19, 2021, based on the Central Epidemic Command Center’s judgement, due to COVID-19’s recent developments, and taking into account Hsinchu City Government’s concerns, in a multi-ministerial meeting hosted by premier Su Chen-chang, it was decided that the 2021 Taiwan Lantern Festival would be cancelled. In response, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung instructed the Tourism Bureau to provide full support to Hsinchu City Government in terms of follow-up work, and guaranteed that he and his team would carry out all necessary countermeasures.

Earlier today (Jan.19), the CECC announced that two more COVID-19 cases from overseas are confirmed and four others are domestic. Based on the festival’s COVID-19 control and prevention plan and the CECC’s regulations, Hsinchu City Government decided to cancel the festival.

The Tourism Bureau, MOTC noted that all the participating designers and artists have paid much effort into the festival. The bureau will make sure all lanterns will be complete, and that they will be on display at a proper time in a proper form soon, according to advice from the designers and artists.

The globe has been severely impacted by the pandemic. With everyone contributing their effort, Taiwan has defended against the disease quite well. Whether to hold the lantern festival or not - it is a difficult decision to make. But since we must keep COVID-19 away first, and that we should all work on this with the government, we hope all members of society can understand why we chose to cancel the event, and perhaps show some support.
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