Guide to help sports venues provide equal access

The head of the sports facilities division, Hsu Hsin-wen, said that, for example, the design of venues should take into account transgender people

  • By Shelley Shan / Staff Reporter

The sports administration said guidelines would soon be released to help local government officials build and run gender-responsive sports facilities.

The guide was compiled to ensure all residents have equal, safe and convenient access to sports, regardless of gender or race, the agency said.

The spirit of the guide is in line with the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Article 5 of the National Sports Law (國民體育法), which aim to create sports sites that are safe, user-friendly and free from gender bias, he says.

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The guide is due to be posted on the Sports Administration website in June, he added.

The guide would recommend how to create a gender-friendly sports environment, such as having sufficient lighting and clear directions at sports venues, said sports facilities division chief Hsu Hsin-wen (許馨文).

The design of showers and toilets should also consider transgender people, she said.

In other news, the Central Epidemic Command Center’s “three-dose” mandate only applies to gyms that operate as a business, the Sports Administration said.

School gymnasiums are not required to follow the mandate if they are only open to students and faculty members, he said.

In government sports centers, only those accessing a gym must present a certificate proving that they have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, not those using swimming pools or other areas of sports centers , he added.

People who have received two doses but are not eligible for a booster because the 12-week interval has not passed can enter a gym, he said.

People who have been advised against getting a COVID-19 vaccine can access a gym by presenting the result of a rapid COVID-19 test taken within three days of entry, although they must wear a mask, he said.

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