City hall on Monday asked the public to call off their New Year’s Eve plans to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Monday afternoon convened an emergency meeting of disease-control officials to discuss measures to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak in neighboring Samut Sakhon from bleeding into the capital.
Bangkok so far has seen two locally transmitted coronavirus cases linked to a Samut Sakhon shrimp farm.
City administrators drafted a list of ten safety measures, including a request for government and private organizations not to hold New Year’s parties or prayer sessions that would otherwise draw crowds.
Those who still want to organize such gatherings must propose their disease-control measures to city hall’s Department of Health and seek its approval.
Another measure is the 14-day closure of the city schools and nurseries that adjacent to Samut Sakhon from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4. This covers facilities in Bang Khunthian, Bang Bon and Nong Khaem districts. Teachers were assigned to organize online and makeup classes.
Civil servants who usually commuted between Bangkok and Samut Sakhon or live in Samut Sakhon were told to work from home.
Checkpoints were established on four routes to Bangkok to check the health of those entering the capital. The checkpoints stand on Phetkasem, Rama II, Boromratchonnanee and Liab Khlong Pitaya Longkorn roads and operate around the clock.
Besides, health personnel are testing all migrant workers at 472 wet markets in Bangkok as well as vendors who source seafood from Samut Sakhon.