Chadchart: Bangkok reconsidering mask rules City to take a more active role once national Covid body is dissolved, says governor

chadchart: bangkok reconsidering mask rules  city to take a more active role once national covid body is dissolved, says governor

Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt poses for photos with city workers at a market in Pom Prap Sattru Phai district on Saturday morning. (Photo: Chadchart Sittipunt’s Facebook page)

Mask requirements in Bangkok may be reconsidered following the government’s decision to revoke the emergency decree on Covid-19, according to city governor Chadchart Sittipunt.

Speaking during a visit Pom Prap Sattru Phai district on Saturday, he said the capital’s administration would address control of the coronavirus using the Communicable Disease Act now that the emergency decree is to be ended and the national Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is to be dissolved on Oct 1.

Mr Chadchart said his office would take a more active role in managing the illness, with the city’s Communicable Disease Committee to meet and discuss a new strategy on Sept 29. He will chair the meeting, where experts’ input will be sought on measures including the wearing of protective masks and other issues.

The governor said he was not concerned about Covid-19 despite the cancellation of emergency measures as Bangkok has the highest vaccination rate in the country and has seen a low instance of hospital admissions due to infection.

The CCSA on Friday discussed voluntary vaccinations for children 6 months to 4 years old, as children who do not receive the jab will not be barred from attending school.

Thailand registered 607 new inpatients admitted to hospitals and 14 more Covid-19 related fatalities, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Saturday.