An announcement was made by the Bangkok Governor on 21 March 2020 to temporarily shut down certain types of establishments for 22 days to 12 April 2020 in Bangkok. Later on the same day the governors from the 5 provinces surrounding Bangkok including 1. Nonthaburi, 2. Nakhon Pathom, 3. Pathum Thani, 4. Samut Prakan, and 5. Samut Sakhon also announced that the same measures will be taken. All malls in Bangkok and these provinces followed protocol announcing that only supermarkets and restaurants (take-home only) will remain open within these 22 days.
The announcement has resulted in locals traveling back to their home provinces as a result of no work. The Department of Disease Control issued an emergency notice to all provinces in Thailand on the same day to keep a close eye on anyone traveling back from Bangkok and the surrounding provinces. The order is to search, beware, and protect in all villages and districts. The plan includes 4 main steps as follows,
- A Covid-19 volunteer team must be set up for each village and district to search and beware of those traveling back from these areas.
- An information profile must be made on those who have traveled back from these areas starting on 22 March 2020.
- To provide information and understanding to those traveling back from these areas. The individuals must self-quarantine for 14 days and carefully track whether they develop a fever or any breathing problems.
- Those traveling in from these areas must avoid sharing meals and household items. Must frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol. Avoid close contact with others especially the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. If there are symptoms, wear a medical mask and notify an official immediately.
These measures are to help control the spread of Covid-19. Self-quarantine must be taken seriously to protect the lives of those around you.
FB Caption: Those traveling to their home provinces from Bangkok and the surrounding provinces must self-quarantine for 14 days. Officials will keep an eye out for rule-breakers.