On 22nd May 2020, Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, joined the meeting of the BMA’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, No. 47/2020.
The meeting has considered the following additional measures for animal café with a variety of dogs, cats and other animals in Bangkok area:
- Dining area must be clearly separated from animal area.
- Customers must wash their hands with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizers before and after entering the animal area.
- Everyone must always wear surgical or fabric face mask or face shield and protective clothes or jacket while in animal area.
- The cafés must be closed for cleaning and ventilating once every 2 hours.
- Customers are not allowed to have direct physical contact with the animals.
- Reservation system must be used before using the service and customer information will be recorded for monitoring and investigation of disease outbreak.
- Everyone must practice social distancing as well as avoid having conversation, making loud noise, and shouting in order to reduce the chance of spreading droplets from saliva.
- Any animals showing sign of illness must be transferred to the veterinarians and separated from other animals.
- The cafés must have their floor and all frequently touched surfaces cleaned before and after their service hours.
- Regularly clean and disinfect all animals with the proper disinfectant that is not harmful to the animals after service for at least once a day.
- Customers are not allowed to feed the animals.
- When entering the animal area, customers must take off their shoes. The shoes rack must be well-organized with convenient storage system and disposable socks must be provided.
- The cafés must provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers in their service areas.
However, the BMA has assigned district offices to rapidly inspect the number of each type of animal café in their responsible areas so that the BMA can closely monitor and inspect to ensure their compliance with the measures.