Pol.Lt.Gen. Sopon Pisuttiwong, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, chaired the meeting of the BMA’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (BMA-CCSA), No. 19/2021. The meeting discussed the spread of COVID-19 at a market in Pathum Thani province where people selling fresh vegetable at wholesale prices. All district offices that are located near Pathum Thani Province, namely Don Mueang District, Sai Mai District, Bang Khen District, Khlong Sam Wa District, and Lak Si District, were urged to provide officers to visit markets for inspection and giving advice to market business owners, vendors, and customers to strictly comply with COVID-19 preventive measures prescribed by the Government. For example, market business owners must be informed to specify single entrance and exit where all people will need to be screened before being allowed past a COVID-19 Screening Point and entering the market, and to provide handwashing station with alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel. All customers must always wear surgical face mask and frequently wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol-based handrub.

Everyone who come to use services of the markets must wear surgical face mask and wash their hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel before entering the markets. The BMA also requests for kind cooperation from everyone to firmly stick to measures for taking care of good personal hygiene. Moreover, the district offices and all related parties must publicize this information and request the people living in Bangkok who used to visit markets in Pathum Thani Province during February 9 – 13, 2021 to assess their COVID-19 infection risk using “BKK COVID-19” which is a COVID self-assessment system of the BMA. If anyone are found at risk of COVID-19 infection, they will be contacted and tested by officers from the BMA Health Department in no time and everything is free of charge. Moreover, people are requested to refrain from traveling to the area where COVID-19 has been reported in order to decrease the risk of infection and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As for all 12 markets under the BMA, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration City Market Office has strongly advised all vendors and people who come to use the services at the markets to wear surgical face mask. Public relations officers will continuously inform vendors and customers via public address system to strictly comply with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For example, wearing surgical face mask at all times whiles in the markets, using ThaiChana platform, reducing overcrowding for safety of vendors and customers who come to buy food and products. Food vendors must follow the specified measures such as providing food covers or containers with lids and apply physical distancing of 1 – 2 meters between seats. The number of customers entering the shops must be controlled; for example, small shops shall allow no more than 5 customers to enter while large shops shall allow no more than 10 customers at a time.

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