Pubs and bars to close for a fortnight

 | Wed 6 Jan 2021 14:09 ICT

The public health office has announced that it has found one more person in Chiang Mai who has contracted the Covid-19 virus, bringing the total of cases since the start of the pandemic in the province to 51.

Governor Charoenrit Sanguansat announced that the authorities are taking matters very seriously and will do all that they can to prevent the further spread of the virus, ensuring the health and wellbeing of the people in Chiang Mai.

He asks the public to call 084-8052121 and 084-8053131 should they have any concerns to report.

He says that the there may be some inconveniences required of citizens to help mitigate the virus in the coming days, and asks for everyone’s understanding and cooperation.

It is believed that this second outbreak comprising five victims, says the governor, may have been spread by people going to crowded night time entertainment places, many of which have now been temporarily closed down and all their staff self-quarantined.

The public health office says that there have been 486 people tested in the past few days, with 152 being considered high risk, all of whom had been to the five entertainment places recently shut down, or are close members of their families.

Chiang Mai Bailiff, Kanok Sriwichainan, said that as of today pubs, bars and late night entertainment venues will be asked to close down for 14 days. As to restaurants and other businesses, they can continue to operate for the foreseeable future.