BMA to close more public venues, reopening for three types

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will close down more public venues, effective from midnight Friday (March 27) until April 30, as it steps up preventive measures to curb spread of the Covid-19 contagion.

Venues to be closed are sport arenas of both humans and animals, public playgrounds, public theatres and recreational shows, museums, libraries, meeting and banquet rooms in hotels, snooker clubs, aesthetic clinics, public and private nurseries, according to BMA spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang.

“However, three types of venues that were ordered to close previously, will be allowed to reopen: Hospital cafeterias (provided that social distancing will be practised), flower shops in markets, branch offices of government agencies and state enterprises located in department stores, such as post office and immigration offices,” he added.

On March 21, BMA ordered the temporary closure of many places it deemed high risk locations for Covid-19 infection in the capital from March 22 to April 12, including restaurants, department stores, schools, universities and markets (except for fresh food vendors and food stalls).