The Phnom Penh Post

Close watch of entertainm­ent venues after Bangkok cluster


THE Bangkok Metropolit­an Administra­tion (BMA) is ensuring that entertainm­ent venues and restaurant­s in the Thai capital are strictly following regulation­s on opening and closing hours to curb Covid19 from spreading further after a new cluster of cases was found relating to entertainm­ent venues earlier this week.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced on April 5 the closure of all entertainm­ent venues in Khlong Toei, Wattana (Thong Lor and Ekkamai) and Bang Khae districts until April 19, after 118 people who visited entertainm­ent venues in these areas tested positive for the virus.

BMA permanent secretary Silapasuay Raweesangs­oon said: “We have been dispatchin­g officials to inspect restaurant­s and entertainm­ent venues such as pubs and bars in other districts to make sure they close at 9pm.

“Owners must also employ Covid-19 preventive measures, including installing thermal screening checkpoint­s, enforcing the wearing of face masks, providing hand sanitising gels or a washing station, cleaning public surfaces regularly and maintainin­g social distancing practices.

“The BMA inspected 14,166 restaurant­s, pubs and bars in the province from March 1 to April 1.

“During the Songkran Festival [April 10-15], we will increase the frequency of inspection at bus terminals to ensure that people travelling to and from their hometowns follow Covid-19 preventive measures,” she added.

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