As COVID-19 Cases Rise, Restaurants to Remain Closed in Chin State

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The Chin State government has banned restaurants from opening as COVID-19 continues to be on the rise in the region.

Burma’s central COVID-19 Control and Emergency Response Committee announced that on December 4, some restaurants and tea shops would be allowed to re-open if they were located in areas that did not have stay-at-home orders.

However, Chin State will not be re-opening such businesses anytime soon.

“We do not have any plans to allow it, because the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased in our area including in Hakha, Mindat, Kanpetlet, Matupi, Paletwa and Tedim,” Chin State government spokesperson Soe Htet told Khonumthung News, adding, “We need to control it.”

He said that the government was checking if restaurants were following health guidelines regarding their handling of take-out food orders.

“At the moment, we are allowing restaurants to operate with ‘takeaway’ [options]. Now grocery stores are open the whole day. In the past, we only allowed them to open their shops for half-days,” Soe Htet said. “The number of confirmed cases is increasing again. We are still thinking about whether to allow grocery shops to open for half days.”

According to Saturday’s report from Burma’s Ministry of Health and Sports, the country had 98,047 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 76,382 recoveries and 2,081 deaths.

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