Entertainment businesses in Yangon remain restricted

The Yangon regional government on August 19 instructed recreational businesses such as KTV lounges, bars and nightclubs, including those operating in hotels, to remain closed to avoid spreading COVID-19.

The decision comes after the Ministry of Health and Sports warned of a potential second wave of COVID-19 in Myanmar following the detection of four locallytransmitted cases in Sittwe, Rakhine State, in the past four days.

It also comes after the national-level Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19 relaxed the social gathering rule to 30 or more persons from 15 before and allowed religious activities to take place under those restrictions.from 15 before and allowed religious activities to take place under those restrictions.

“These businesses involve close interaction between customers, so they can’t be allowed to operate during COVID-19. We had relaxed the restrictions for some businesses and issued necessary instructions in recent months, but some KTV lounges and bars are taking advantage of the instructions and opening for business despite being prohibited from doing so. As a result, we have decided to impose this latest guideline,” said Than Naing Oo, MP of Pabedan constituency, Yangon.

Those found violating the rules will have their business license revoked. On August 14, the COVID-19 prevention committee instructed the authorities to take action against recreational businesses found operating in Yangon, Mandalay and other states and regions without any official permission.

Despite the government nighttime curfew from 12 am to 4 am to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some KTV lounges, nightclubs and bars in Yangon are still open at night, taxi drivers and customers told this paper.

“When COVID-19 broke out, we notified these [recreational] businesses that there was an instruction requiring their operations to remain closed. But we received information that some businesses were still operating and conducted surprise inspections.

As the COVID-19 prevention committee has instructed, things are to be taken seriously now. We will contact every business in the various townships and carry out inspections,” said U Tin Tun Naing, MP of North Dagon constituency,

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Source : Myanmar Times

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