The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced a set of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the wake of a new surge of more COVID-19 cases, especially among foreign workers in Samut Sakhon province.
In these measures, schools and early childhood development centers, under the supervision of BMA, with areas adjacent to Samut Sakhon will be closed for 14 days, starting from 21 December onwards. BMA officials and personnel who live in Samut Sakhon and commute to Bangkok for work have been told to “work from home” for the time being.
The public and private sectors have been asked to refrain from organizing activities with the gathering of many people, such as the New Year festival and crossover night prayers to celebrate New Year. If they want to organize such an activity, they must submit a disease control plan to seek permission from BMA.
Screening centers have been set up to check foreign workers entering Bangkok from four roads, namely Phetchakasem, Rama II, Borommaratchachonnani, and Liap Khlong Phitthayalongkon. Public parks are allowed to be used for exercise, and not for the gathering of people.
Officials will search for COVID-19 infections among foreign workers working at all fresh-food markets in Bangkok, as well as among traders selling and buying seafood from Samut Sakhon.
District Offices will carry out a COVID-19 screening program for foreign workers at construction camps on a continual basis. Various religious centers should not allow foreign workers to conduct activities in their premises until the COVID-19 situation eases.
Restaurants, hotels, shopping centers, and entertainment places must be strict in screening people using their services. For example, they must ensure that their customers wear face masks. Cleaning must also be carried out in accordance with the set standards to ensure public safety.
This article is taken from Thailand PRD