Thailand calls for workplace safety as employees return to office
Employers are reminded to look after their workers and take precautionary measures if they choose to hold gatherings.
Labour Minister Suchat Chomklin said the government is calling for the continuation of workplace safety measures especially after the Songkran holidays. Employers are urged to ensure full cooperation at workplaces, including mask-wearing, frequent handwashing, social distancing, and frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces.
Companies wishing to hold gatherings are encouraged to do so in well-ventilated areas, avoid overcrowding, and to refrain from hosting dinner parties. A self-performed antigen test is recommended for all ahead of traveling or attending meetings and gatherings.
Employers should also continue to encourage their employees, including migrant workers, to be vaccinated or boosted to mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19 at the workplace, according to Pattaya Mail.
Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year festival and is celebrated from April 13-15 every year. The festival is celebrated over a three-day period to enable workers to return to their hometowns for family reunions, merit-making and reuniting with others in their communities.