The BMA extended the alcohol ban to April 30, with 71 donation spots set up for prevention of COVID-19    

On 20 April 2020, Pol. Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, presided over the meeting of the BMA Committee on the Communicable Diseases. The meeting has discussed on measures and guidelines as well as operation to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak in the Bangkok Metropolitan area.

Pol. Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, BMA Spokesman, revealed that the meeting resolved to publicize the Announcement of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on Order of Temporary Closure of Premises (No. 7), extending the ban on sales of alcoholic beverages, previously scheduled to end on 20 April, until 30 April 2020 2020 as alcohol consumption could associate with public gathering that might intensify the spread COVID-19.

For People with alcohol use disorder or alcoholism, if having a relapse or intending to overcome alcohol addiction at this period, they can request for treatment at all of the BMA’s affiliated hospitals and public health centers with free of charge.

For those who would like to donate foods and necessary items to ease financial burdens of people suffering from the spread of COVID-19, the following 3 approaches were set for implementation:

  1. Directly donate at the houses in community;
  2. Donate to government agency or private sector of choice; and
  3. Donate at 71 donating spots at 50 districts in Bangkok area, operating 3 times daily: in the morning from 07.00 am to 09.00 am, at noon from 11.00 am to 13.00 pm, and in the evening from 16.00 pm to 18.00 pm.

As interested donors, please contact district offices before distributing foods and items to the people.  For those who would like to donate directly at the houses in community, please contact district office for suggestion on proper and safe way for donation.

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