Samut Sakhon central shrimp market reopens

Samut Sakhon central shrimp market reopens

Samut Sakhon's Central Shrimp Market, the epicentre of the second wave of Covid-19 in Thailand, reopened on Monday, after being closed 10 weeks ago. (file photo)
Samut Sakhon's Central Shrimp Market, the epicentre of the second wave of Covid-19 in Thailand, reopened on Monday, after being closed 10 weeks ago. (file photo)

SAMUT SAKHON: The Central Shrimp Market of this coastal province reopened on Monday after being closed since Dec 19, when the second wave of Covid-19 began spreading from there.

The market was bustling before dawn, crowded with traders, buyers and migrant workers.

They must all strictly follow measures imposed to prevent the spread of the virus.

Trucks delivering seafood to the market, and the vehicles of sellers and buyers, must all go through screening points. The temperatures of all occupants are checked and they must  show proof they have been tested for Covid-19.

The exception is members of the market. The have been issued papers by the market administration certifying they have been through health screening.

All migrant workers at all fish and shrimp piers must wear face masks and protective gear such as gloves, rubber boots and rubber aprons, in line with the standards set by the Public Health Ministry.

Buyers or farmers who bring shrimp and fish from their farms to the market are each given a queue card and must wait in an area where seats are arranged in rows divided by plastic partitions, in line with the social distancing rule.

Seafood is sorted by workers on raised platforms, for proper hygiene.

Traders and owners of fish and shrimp stalls all expressed their delight the market had finally reopened after being closed for over 10 weeks.

They gave asurances they would strictly follow all anti-Covid-19 measures and hoped Samut Sakhon's economy would soon recover.

The provincial public health office reported that as of midnight on Sunday there were 19 new infections, all detected in hospitals - 12 Thais and seven foreigners.

The province's accumulated Covid-19 cases rose to 16,377, of whom 16,115 had recovered and 255 were still under treatment.

The provincial death toll from Covid-19 remains at seven.

Active case finding has involved 201,361 people being tested to date in the province.

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