Officials have placed Bang Yai Market under the highest level of controls and surrounded it with barbed wire after a COVID-19 infection was detected there.
Nonthaburi Governor Sujin Chaichumsak, ordered the market be temporarily closed, along with the nearby seven story pink condominium also to be shuttered until January 12 next year. The market in Nonthaburi, a neighboring province of Bangkok, however is to be allowed to reopen on January 1st.
An announcement of at risk areas in the province, also imposed strict controls across all districts with Bang Yai seeing the most stringent measures. The announcement assured residents that all restrictions were made with consideration of the economy and the lives of people in Nonthaburi, as much as they were made in the interests of public health.
Deputy Governor of Nonthaburi, Nisakorn Wisitsornat and Bang Yai District Chief Chun Natdech Kansukul, accompanied over 100 officials including police and public health workers to put up notices of the temporary closure of the condominium, and used Burmese translators to communicate with the mostly Myanmar tenants of the building to ensure that they understood the structure is to be closed to all people without proper authorization, as a measure intended to contain COVID-19.
While tenants of the building were disconcerted by the news, the authorities assured them they would be provided with food and water throughout the closure, and did not obstruct the placing of barbed wire around the premises. A checkpoint has been set up at the condominium to screen people coming and going. (NNT)