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More closures in Bangkok as BMA mulls further restrictions

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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• High risk entertainment venues closed

• BMA’s 437 schools closed for at least 2 weeks

• CCSA considering restricting Bangkok restaurants to take-any only services only

The Bangkok Metropolitan Organisation has closed “high risk’ venues around Bangkok as of midnight last night. The city’s 437 public schools run by the BMA have also been ordered to close until at least January 17.

The list of venues ordered to close around Bangkok include… entertainment venues (bars and nightclubs), water parks, amusement parks, playgrounds, children’s play equipment in markets, snooker tables, arcade venues, flea markets, game cafes, internet cafes, cockfighting grounds, other animal fighting grounds (huh?!).

The list also includes nurseries and childcare facilities, elderly nursing homes, boxing stadiums, martial arts schools, gyms, horse racing tracks, soapie massage, massage parlours, all sports stadiums, gymnasiums, banquet and conference rooms, amulet and religious stores, preschools, child development centres, tattoo shops and acupuncture shops.

Some of these locations, like nurseries and some schools had already been closed by previous orders.

A representative of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says the “additional measures” of closing some high risk venues and adding further restrictions will remain in force “until further notice”.

Shopping centres and department stores will be allowed to stay open at this stage but will screen all customers upon entry.

The fate of the city’s restaurants is being discussed today by the CCSA with a proposal on the table to restrict restaurants in high risk zones to take-away services only. The BMA is asking the CCSA not to take this additional measure at this stage.

“If approved the mandatory food takeaway order may come into effect on Monday so owners have some time to prepare themselves.”

Around the city, the Nong Khaem, Bang Phlat and Bang Khun Thian districts are already under a “highly controlled” status and checkpoints in and out of these areas are now being added. Those districts are neighbours to Samut Sakhon, the provincial origin of the ongoing outbreak focussed on migrant workers in the seafood markets and industry.

The BMA say they are monitoring all the current measure and will discuss further restrictions for the city over the weekend.

Thailand added 279 new infections yesterday, 20 of them were people living in Bangkok, 2 of the cases linked to the Samut Sakhon cluster. 1 of the 2 people that died yesterday was a man living in Bangkok. At yesterday’s media briefing, Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin warned that the situation “remained serious and it could take some time for authorities to bring it under control”.

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 9:47 am

    well if they lift the quarantines now, nobody will be arriving.
    They killed the golden tourist goose, now they are making sure it is dead.
    Here in Cambodia everything is open, and even Hun Sen has had the virus! Yet no deaths.
    Those that die are the old, sick, and fat, quarantine them and let the people carry on their lives.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      “no deaths”?

      That couldn’t possibly be due to a lack of testing labs to test for Covid-19, could it Toby?

      Thailand has 250 testing labs, many of them mobile and deployed to any outbreak to test on-site.

      Cambodia has 1 (one), at the NIPH in Phnom Penh.

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    John

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Just thinking if this cheap Toby who spend day and night alone in his room is just an idiot or is he a bad guy who hates everything and everyone?
    346 k Americans dead
    76k k British dead
    and so on and on
    and he is still looking for other idiots to believe nobody is dying.
    Is this kind of self assurance that you will survive this pandemic or you already bunkered up and want herd immunity as soon as possible so you can get out?

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      Richard "Wales" Paton

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:59 am

      388 people without underlying health issues die in the UK frrm Covid 19.In 2012,569.02 people died….. People die…its not unusual…

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    Richard "Wales" Paton

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:55 am

    I can’t understand why you would keep the shopping centres and department stores open? Even if screened, people may be carrying the covid 19.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:18 pm

      Ditto.

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