Govt extends COVID-19 restrictions, eases some limits

The government extended measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak until the end of May, according to a letter issued by the Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19 on May 13.

Gatherings of five and more are still prohibited, and preschools will remain closed and international commercial flights will remain suspended until May 31.

Some measures have been relaxed though.

In Yangon, customers will be allowed to dine in food shops in areas where there are no cases of COVID-19.

Dine-in restrictions will be relaxed in Yangon’s 39 townships, including Mingaladon, Hlaing Tharyar, Shwe Pyi Thar and Botahtaung, which are among 10 townships under partial lockdown because of COVID-19 cases, said U Aung Hlaing Win, a Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) MP for Mingaladon.

Insein, Mayangone, Tarmwe, Bahan, South Okkalapa and Pabedan townships are not included in the relaxation.

In areas where restaurant dining is allowed, the tables must meet the space requirements of the Health Ministry. First-time violators will be fined, and subsequent violations will lead to closure of the shop.

Meanwhile, factory inspections have also been reduced, Yangon Region Minister of Social Affairs U Naing Ngan Lin told The Myanmar Times.

The government also cut the night-time curfew by two hours for all states and regions in which it applies, including Yangon and Mandalay, to 12am-4am, from 10pm-4am before.

But Yangon Deputy Mayor U Soe Lwin said pubs and nightclubs would remain closed.

In Mandalay, all businesses excluding entertainment will be allowed to resume operations after May 16, according to the regional government. In the case of restaurants, they will have to continue operating under takeaway and delivery systems, said U Zarni Aung, acting chief minister of Mandalay.

Express buses from other states and region are still blocked from entering Mandalay.

Some new measures have also been implemented, including wearing face masks in public. This applies in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. In Yangon, those not wearing a face mask will not be allowed on public buses. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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