Responding to the threat of COVID-19 and the Central Epidemic Command Center's raising the nationwide epidemic alert to level 3, while Taichung's Nantun Park Animal Shelter is currently closed for construction, the Houli Park Animal Shelter has been closed to the public since May 18 in order to strengthen overall COVID prevention measures. At present, members of the public may enter the Houli Park Shelter only for business, and visits to the shelter and guided group tours have been temporarily suspended. Furthermore, the Shelter has placed strict restrictions on public spaces such as the independent cat houses and large cat houses, which may not have more than 5 persons at one time, and provides hypochlorous acid solution and alcohol disinfectant in all public areas for use by persons entering for business. The Shelter further stations personnel in key areas such as public counters and corridors near the acceptance dog pen and cat house on a daily basis, and has strengthening disinfection of vehicles entering and leaving the shelter. The entire shelter is disinfected once each week, and the highest standards of disease prevention measures are taken to block all opportunities for transmission of the virus.
People entering the shelter on business must comply with a real-name registration system, have their temperature measured, and wear face masks. The Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office again appeals to persons entering the shelter for business to perform real-name registration. Taichung's animal shelters have all posted QR codes at entrances, and visitors are asked to receive temperature measurement, and take personal prevention measures including washing their hands and wearing face masks at all times. In order to maintain their personal safety, visitors are also asked to avoid unnecessary movements, activities, and gatherings during the pandemic alert period, and proactively cooperate with all disease prevention measures.