Mrs. Wallaya Wattanarat, Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), had a site visit to inspect the compliance with surveillance, prevention, and control measures for the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in 3 markets located in the area of Suan Luang District. Market owners or operators were urged to completely abide by the BMA announcement on Surveillance, Prevention and Control Measures for the Spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as follows:

  1. Improve market environment such as adequate and proper ventilation inside the market without musty smell and the height of the roof must be appropriate for market ventilation; 2. Business owners/operators shall provide the registration and namelist of all traders and employees; 3. Clean the floor and high touch surfaces frequently both before and after providing services and all waste must be disposed every day; 4. Supervise all vendors and traders, stall employees, and service users and customers to always wear surgical or fabric face masks; 5. Provide handwashing stations with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel or disinfectants; 6. Provide distancing between the stall, sitting or standing lines, distancing while selecting goods and at payment area to be at least 1-meter physical distance; 7. Control the number of service providers and service users to avoid overcrowding or shorten time spending in the market to be as necessary; 8. Control all entrances and exits and have measure for basic COVID-19 symptom screening such as fever, cough, sneeze or cold for business owners/operators, service users/customers, vendors, and stall employees at their full potential and capability; and 9. Use mobile tracking application as prescribed by the Government such as Thaichana and MorChana as deemed appropriate or use control measure by recording all necessary information in documents. All of the above-mentioned measures will be inspected and evaluated by officers from Food Sanitation Division of the BMA Health Department. If all of these measures are implemented completely and correctly, the markets can reopen for service and trade. Moreover, officers from Environment and Sanitation Section and other related officers from District Office in charge of the area will inspect, suggest, control, and urge all business operators, vendors, and service users in the markets to constantly follow the measures to prevent and control the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the area of Bangkok Metropolis.

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