Myanmar & COVID-19

Myanmar Bans Restaurant Dining to Tackle COVID-19

By San Yamin Aung 22 September 2020

YANGON — Myanmar’s government has imposed a nationwide ban on dining at restaurants and teashops to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Since Aug. 16, Myanmar has been battling a resurgence of COVID-19 cases after initial success in containing coronavirus.

Since Aug. 16, the number of cases has jumped from 374 to 6,471, including 100 deaths by Tuesday morning.

President’s Office spokesman U Zaw Htay told reporters in Naypyitaw on Monday that all dine-in services will be banned across the nation as some recent transmissions have been linked to restaurants.

Following his remarks, Naypyitaw Council announced that it would ban dine-in services and operate only takeaway services from Tuesday. The council also asked restaurants to follow health ministry guidelines when providing takeaway service.

In Yangon Region, where the highest number of COVID-19 cases have been reported, a ban on dining was imposed on Sept. 8.

Food deliveries are becoming increasingly popular and many shops have also started delivery services.

The health ministry has also introduced stricter stay-at-home orders and told companies to work from home in Yangon.

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