Mrs. Silapasuai Rawisaengsun, Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), talked about the new COVID-19 clusters linked to entertainment places in Bangkok, Pathum Thani, and Nakhon Pathom provinces that the risk factors were close contact, not wearing surgical face mask, shared-glass drinking, and shared-plate eating. The BMA by City Law Enforcement Department had arranged a team of officers to work together with police officers and other relevant organizations to have site visit and intensify the inspection on the opening hours for services and the compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 (2015) and Regulation Issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) in restaurants and other establishments such as entertainment places, pubs, and bars to create confidence among customers and service users.

Meanwhile, business operators and service users were strongly advised to comply with preventive measures such as living life in the ‘new normal’ and adhering to the personal protection measures (D-M-H-T-T), namely social distancing; surgical or fabric mask wearing; handwashing with alcohol or alcohol-based hand sanitizer; increasing of the cleaning rounds for the premises, tables, chairs, tools and equipment; and temperature checking at the entrance and exit. During January 1 – April 1, 2021, the BMA had already inspected 14,166 restaurants, entertainment places, pubs, and bars that were granted with the easing of restrictions on COVID-19 measures.

In addition, during the Songkran Thai New Year holidays, the inspection team will toughen inspection and checking at the public service points provided for people traveling to and from their hometown so that they comply with the COVID-19 prevention measures as prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health and the BMA.

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