Mrs. Silapasuai Rawisaengsun, Permanent Secretary for the BMA, revealed guidelines for private sectors, entrepreneurs or people who are interested in donating necessary items to the COVID-19 affected group in public areas. In order to facilitate donors in providing space and maintaining orderliness of the donation according to social distancing measure and reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the BMA has published health and sanitation guidance for establishment of charitable hall during COVID-19 outbreak for an organizers, workers who are in contact with food and recipients. The BMA asks the district offices to publicize to all organizers and recipients to acknowledge the guidance and act accordingly in order to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as follows:
- The organizers must control and supervise sanitation of the charitable hall according to the guidance. Distribution of food must be well-organized keeping social distancing of at least 1 meter. No seats for eating can be arranged in the area.
- The workers who are in contact with food must be clean and dress properly, wearing face masks and having a good personal hygiene, i.e. short nails, frequently do hand washing, not cough or sneeze into the foods, using tools to pick or touch food instead of holding them directly with hand or wearing gloves, and keep social distancing of at least 1 meter. They must stop working when having a fever, a cough, running nose or difficulty breathing.
- The recipients must always wear face masks, keep social distancing of at least 1 meter from others, wash hands with clean water and soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizers before and after receiving food, and observe the quality of the received food before consumption as the food must be contained in good condition, no cracks, and do not have rotten taste or smell.
Before setting up a charitable hall or donation spot, organizers are requested by the BMA to inform district offices during official working days and hours so that the BMA can assign officers to assist on orderliness and safety control.