Laos begins easing lockdown restrictions

THE government has extended the lockdown for another 15 days until July 4 but has eased some restrictions to alleviate the hardship caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and gradually normalise the situation.

The Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday issued a notice extending virus prevention and control measures.

However, the government will now allow tourist attractions and food resorts in provinces where there is no community outbreak of the virus to reopen, although the sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Deputy Head of Office of the Prime Minister’s Office, Thipphakone Chanthavongsa, briefed reporters on sectors and activities that can resume, which included schools, transport sector and economic activities, with approval from the provincial task force for Covid-19 prevention and control.

Although more restrictions have been eased, everyone involved is required to strictly comply with Covid-19 prevention and control measures.

Because of continuing challenges in overcoming the virus, Thipphakone said it was necessary to continue with some restrictions.

“This means that entertainment venues, karaoke bars, massage parlours, spas, internet cafes and gaming shops must remain closed,” she said.

Indoor sports facilities and sporting activities which involve athlete contact also remain banned along with social gatherings and parties. — Vientiane Times/ANN

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