Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, announced the result of the BMA Communicable Diseases Committee Meeting, No. 8/2021 that, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced the Regulation Issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) (No. 19) ordering the temporary closure of entertainment venues, any establishments providing similar services to those of entertainment venues, amusement places, pubs, bars, karaoke shops, establishments for bath services, massage parlors or other similar venues located in 41 provinces, where a large number of infections had been reported with the risk for disease transmission, for at least 14 days and Bangkok was one of the 41 provinces. This aimed to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 that may increase in the area of Bangkok Metropolis.

Therefore, the BMA Communicable Diseases Committee Meeting resolved to order the temporary closure of all entertainment venues, any establishments providing similar services to those of entertainment venues, amusement places, pubs, bars, karaoke shops, establishments for bath services, massage parlors or other similar venues in the area of Bangkok Metropolis for at least 14 days. As for other entertainment venues or business establishments that had been previously ordered to temporarily close by the BMA, they must continue to close until further notice.

The Governor of Bangkok added that other business establishments such as restaurants could still open for service on condition that they had to comply with measures prescribed by the BMA, such as apply social distancing and wear surgical face mask. The BMA together with other relevant organizations will visit and inspect the premises and organization of any events and activities, and advise restaurants and shops to strictly comply control and prevention measures against the spread of COVID-19. If any business establishments are at risk of the COVID-19 outbreak, the BMA Communicable Diseases Committee will consider to temporarily close the premises to prevent the disease transmission.

The Governor of Bangkok also said that the BMA had prepared 3 stages for receiving COVID-19 patients as follows:

  1. The BMA increases the capacity of the BMA affiliated hospitals to be semi-permanent field hospitals with 1,358 beds readied to accommodate COVID-19 patients. Moreover, the network hospitals in Bangkok also have another 4,800 beds assigned for COVID-19 patients.
  2. In case that these hospital beds are not enough, the BMA has prepared hotels that can be converted into field hospitals or ‘Hospitel’ to care for mild-symptom Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients. Current treatments for COVID-19 are usually given based upon presenting symptoms. This means the COVID-19 patient will stay at the hospital to observe symptoms and if symptoms are present, treatment will be given. If the patient do not have any symptoms, he or she will need to be isolated. Therefore, the BMA has arranged the hotels that are ready for caring patients with an asymptomatic COVID-19 infection or those with mild or moderate symptoms in case that the hospital beds are not enough.
  3. In case that there is a large number of patients and it is necessary to build a field hospital, the BMA has determined the place for setting up field hospital, as in Samut Sakhon province, already.

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