BANGKOK Metropolitan Authority (BMA) relaxed coronavirus restrictions for four types of venues among them are restaurants, pubs, gyms and banquet halls starting today (Feb. 23), Siam Rath newspaper said.
BMA’s spokesman Pol. Lt. Col. Pongsakorn Khwanmuang said Bangkok Governor Pol. Maj. Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang issued the relaxation order after the Bangkok Communicable Diseases Committee agreed that this step be taken.
Starting today restaurants serving alcohol in Bangkok may stay open till 11 p.m. Likewise pubs, bars and karaoke lounges can also stay open till 11 p.m. but they have to place tables two metres apart with standing tables not allowed and the dance floor kept closed. They have to register the details of their clients and make sure they also register at the Thai Chana or Mor Chana apps.
Gyms and fitness centres may open normally and sporting events too can take place. While spectators are allowed at the latter events the maximum is 30 to 70% of the capacity with BMA to issue details on this later today.
Banquet halls and convention centres can now reopen but if there are more than 300 people attending an event or a concert or a wedding is to take place then permission has to be sought in advance.
BMA added that its Health Bureau is strictly controlling the movement of migrant workers. They are divided into two groups, those who reside in Bangkok and those who live in nearby provinces but come to work in Bangkok. They are mainly employed at construction sites, markets or factories.
BMA has proactively tested 45,328 migrant workers at 466 markets and found 14 infected with Covid-19. Another 16,177 were tested at 128 establishments and 65 tested positive for this feared disease while 44,328 were tested in various communities and 35 were found infected.
Proactive testing will be continuing.
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