Only about one-third of Bangkok’s markets pass DDC’s safety standards: BMA
Only 97 out of 274 markets recently inspected by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) pass the safety standards stipulated by Department of Disease Control (DDC), the BMA said on Sunday.
The city is planning to inspect all 486 markets in its areas in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19, as fresh markets are often the source of cluster cases.
The BMA reported that the reasons why many markets failed the inspection were:
▪︎ 4 per cent have no proper ventilation system.
▪︎ 20 per cent have no check-in and checkout platforms (Thai Chana or Mor Chana) to trace the visitors.
▪︎ 18 per cent have no screening checkpoints at entrance/exit.
▪︎ 7 per cent have no measures to limit the number of customers.
▪︎ 24 per cent fail to enforce social distancing measures.
▪︎ 8 per cent lack hand-washing stations.
▪︎ 7 per cent fail to adhere to mandatory face mask rule.
▪︎ 9 per cent fail cleaning standards.
▪︎ 3 per cent fail to keep record of merchants and employees.
The BMA urged all markets to strictly follow measures prescribed by the DDC for the safety of merchants, customers and nearby communities.