Samut Songkram and the Song Pee Nong district of Suphan Buri province have been put under lockdown from today, December 23rd, until over the New Year after almost 10 local cases have been discovered, all directly connected to a cluster at the central shrimp market in Samut Sakhon.
Charas Boonnasa, Samut Songkhram Provincial Governor, has issued an ‘urgent’ letter to related agencies, ordering the closure of places they deem at risk for the spread of dangerous communicable diseases for 14 days, from the 23rd of December 2020 to the 4th of January 2021.
Cinemas, game centers and/or internet cafes, Karaoke restaurants, snooker clubs, educational institutions, fitness centers, sports fields, swimming pools, massage and/or spas, and beauty institutions are ordered a closure from today although hair salons are able to open for service as usual with Covid19 precautions.
As for department stores, only supermarkets, drug departments, groceries, and other shops that are essential for living, including banking and communication services, are allowed to be opened.
Flea markets and restaurants are only available for cooked food for takeaway only. Only restaurants in hospitals and hotels are allowed for dining in. Entertainment venues and bars are closed.
As of this morning, six local cases of Covid-19 were confirmed and two others are awaiting likely confirmation, resulting in a total of eight cases of new Covid-19 cases in Samut Songkram.
Meanwhile, in Supan Buri, governor Natthaphat Suwanpratheep has ordered a lockdown measure in the Song Pee Nong district from today until the 3rd of January 2021 after the number of locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 has reached seven cases. These are also linked to the shrimp market in Samut Sakhon.
Similar to Samut Songkram, all public places are ordered to close and local people are highly encouraged to stay home and limit their travel. Traveling across districts is initially not allowed during the lockdown state. People are required to wear face masks at all times once they leave their residence.
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