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Bangkok closures across the board

Bangkok closures across the board

BANGKOK: Entertainment venues are among a wide range of establishments in Bangkok that have been ordered to shut from midnight in the wake of the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 2 January 2021, 09:53AM


Waiting amid uncertainty: People at Bang Bua Thong Market in Nonthaburi after the provincial communicable disease committee ordered the market closed for four days of cleaning, starting yesterday, as part of measures to control the Covid-19 outbreak. Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

Waiting amid uncertainty: People at Bang Bua Thong Market in Nonthaburi after the provincial communicable disease committee ordered the market closed for four days of cleaning, starting yesterday, as part of measures to control the Covid-19 outbreak. Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

The tightening of measures by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) was announced on Friday (Jan 1) as two more COVID-19 deaths were reported, lifting the total to 63, reports the Bangkok Post.

Speaking after an urgent meeting of the Bangkok communicable disease committee, BMA spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang said new infection clusters had been found and linked to entertainment venues and other premises.

The committee had therefore decided to order many more closures with immediate effect -- and with no end date.

The places to be shut are entertainment venues, water parks, amusement parks, playgrounds, places where children play at markets, flea markets, floating markets, snooker and billiard halls, arcade game premises, game shops, internet shops, cockfighting rings and cockfighting training rings.

Other establishments are nurseries, elderly nursing homes (except those which already offer overnight stays); martial arts schools, gyms, horse racing tracks, public baths, bath-saunas-massage parlours, sports fields, banquet halls and similar places, bull-fighting rings, fighting-fish rings or similar places, amulet markets or centres, pre-school nurseries, any place providing skin-piercing services, plus all buildings at schools, tutorial schools and educational institutions.

Many of these places, including nurseries and some schools, had already been shut but the new order supercedes all previous ones, said Pol Capt Pongsakorn.

One issue yet to be resolved is whether to limit eateries to provide takeaway orders only.

“We will discuss it with the CCSA on Jan 2,” the officer added.

“Since several people in Greater Bangkok commute to work in the capital, such a measure should be imposed in adjacent provinces as well.”

If approved, he said, the mandatory food takeaway order may not come into effect anyway until Monday, giving operators some time over the weekend to prepare.

Pol Capt Pongsakorn then turned to Bangkok’s designation of restrictions, which for the most part are under the second highest level of control.

Three districts, however, have now been designated as red zones with maximum control: Nong Khaem, Bang Phlat and Bang Khunthian.

In these areas, district office directors can impose measures to curb the spread of the infection as they see fit.

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The BMA’s education department announced yesterday it was widening its closure order to all schools under its supervision until Jan 17 to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier, the BMA had only closed 14 schools in Bang Khunthian, Bang Bon and Nong Khaem districts from Dec 21 until tomorrow.

The districts are adjacent to Samut Sakhon, the epicentre of the current outbreak.

Its latest decision on Friday to shut all 437 schools in all districts underlines the seriousness of the outbreak in Bangkok.

This was reflected in the CCSA’s latest figures – two more COVID-19 deaths and 279 new infections – amid worries the trend will continue as more people have been travelling during the New Year holiday.

The new fatalities were a man, 44, who had visited a restaurant in Bangkok on Dec 20 and a 70-year-old man who illegally entered from Myanmar into Mae Sot district, Tak on Nov 29.

Of the new cases, 257 were spread over 53 provinces.

They included those linked to the clusters in Samut Sakhon (3), Rayong (2) and Chon Buri (1).

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin warned the situation remained serious and it could take some time for authorities to bring it under control.

“Do not expect the spread to end today or tomorrow,” he said, adding he expected the situation to ease in mid-February.

Meanwhile, the wife of infected Samut Sakhon governor Veerasak Vichitsaengsri is also reportedly being treated for COVID-19.

 

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Kurt | 03 January 2021 - 11:49:33

Several Provinces are finger pointing to well known illegal gambling dens as the source of Covid-19 spiraling. (BP reports) Why are there illegal gambling dens in these provinces, who own them? Illegal virus spreading gambling dens open, gyms and restaurants must close. Yes-yes. Is itn't lovely to be a 'influential'?

Sandbar | 03 January 2021 - 02:54:41

In Australia State boarders are opening and closing continuously according to covid outbreaks. By doing this the government has control to stop further spreading. There is no reason why Phuket cant have its boarder closed until this latest out break in Bangkok can be controlled. No vaccination, no control!

Kurt | 03 January 2021 - 00:35:35

Well, with respect for different opinions, Lock downs/isolation zones work  well. See China, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand. About the numbers, GerryT,  wait and see, they are multiplying fast in no time without attempts of containing restrictions. Nobody likes lock downs, but as long Thailand not starts a vaccination program, well ...

Galong | 02 January 2021 - 19:43:40

Let me guess, Kurt has an income lockdown or not. The last lockdown only worked because of luck. There were plenty of people, mainly food handlers & food delivery people stands who did wear masks or social distance. Lottery stands were crowded too. As the police never patrol, it will be groundhog day.

GerryT81 | 02 January 2021 - 16:09:32

Kurt, I do not have a business here. I fled the lockdown in my home country end of November, did go through 15 days of quarantine here and I would hate it to end in a lockdown again. And I even more hate people calling for such measures if the numbers don't justify it. 

Kurt | 02 January 2021 - 12:31:33

@GerryT81,  See the greater picture. See what is happening now all over Thailand. Read again the measures taken in Bangkok now. Has nothing to do with personal happiness.  I am sorry if measures would effect your business. But it is Covid-19 Pandemic time. Counts for Phuket as well. Without yet any vaccination.

GerryT81 | 02 January 2021 - 11:53:17

Brilliant idea Kurt ! No one in and no one out. Lockdown again ! And best to go back to the status of March/April / May  with district lockdowns and closure of all no essential shops. Wouldn't that make you happy ?

Kurt | 02 January 2021 - 10:23:59

Perhaps, to prevent that Phuket Province 'follows' the other 53 'infected' provinces, a Island lock down can be considered to prevent the closure of all the premises and venues as mentioned in this article? Doing nothing and handsitting welcoming the infection wave is no option.

 

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