Sattahip has considered and accepted stricter rules to control the spread of Covid -19 at a morning market in which vendors and workers must take a Covid -19 test or they will lose their contract to work at the market and be banned.
For foreign workers, which is a substantial number of those at the market, this could also mean their work permits would be revoked and they would be deported.
The statements came as some workers were reportedly refusing tests for various reasons, including fear of being confined to field hospitals for several weeks even if asymptomatic.
The meeting was held at the Sattahip District office and was led by Chief Kittipong Kittikun. This followed the discovery of 111 cases at the morning market during proactive testing yesterday, which you can read more about here. The vast majority of the cases are reportedly asymptomatic.
Mr. Kittipong told the associated Thai press, “With over a hundred more cases of Covid-19 found at the popular Sattahip morning market we have had to take significant action and implement stricter rules.
“Sattahip officials have agreed with two major rules which are that vendors and market workers must take a Covid-19 test. There is no “opting out” and self-isolating as some are trying to do. Anyone who refuses will lose their contract to sell and work at the market and foreign workers could lose their work permit.” Kittipong stated.
“The market has been temporarily closed at the order of the Chonburi governor (click on the text to read more about this order,)” Kittipong concluded.
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