Laos to further ease lockdown measures

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-30 18:40:53|Editor: huaxia

VIENTIANE, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Lao Prime Minister's Office on Friday has released a notice detailing updated lockdown measures, allowing more sectors to reopen.

The notice, effective from Tuesday until June 30, outlines a gradual loosening of lockdown measures with certain strict measures to remain in place.

The notice states that residents should remain vigilant and continue to abide by measures determined by The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Lao authorities and other relevant sectors must continue spreading the message regarding the danger of the COVID-19 virus, methods and measures for protecting themselves from the virus, Lao Deputy Minister of Health Phouthone Meaungpak told a press conference on Saturday.

All types of sporting events and competitions may now be held, however, spectators will not be allowed to attend.

Night markets will now be permitted to reopen, as well as restaurants that have received official authorization. Bars and beer shops are to remain closed.

Cinemas may open and show films but must abide by social distancing and other COVID-19 prevention measures.

Construction projects, plants, and factories may resume operations but must follow the guidelines issued by the government.

Local, traditional, and international border checkpoints remain closed. People are forbidden from entering and exiting the country, except for drivers of cargo vehicles or those with prior authorization.

As of Saturday, Laos has tested 6,432 suspected cases with 19 cases tested positive, and 16 patients have recovered. Enditem