Guidelines on the conditions and measures for businesses to re-open during COVID-19 in Lao PDR

The Lao National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control (“Taskforce”) has issued Guidelines on Conditions and Measures for Businesses to Operate During the COVID-19 Outbreak to Align with Guideline No. 031/NTC, dated 21 April 2020, No.071/NTC dated 11 May 2020 (the “Guidelines”).

These Guidelines aim to mitigate the impact on the Lao economy by enabling businesses to reopen subject to adhering to a number of conditions to limit the risk of community transmission of COVID-19. An inspection, including a COVID-19 prevention plan which aligns with the Guidelines, and ongoing supervision by the Taskforce are required before a business can operate.

The Guidelines require businesses to promote and enforce social distancing of at least one (1) metre between persons and ensure that persons attending the premises (i.e. workers and delivery drivers) are provided with access to hand-washing facilities and face masks. Businesses are also required to engage a cleaner to manage waste disposal and thoroughly clean the premises.

Businesses are required to monitor the temperature of persons, including workers, attending the premises and provide access to hand sanitizer upon entry, which shall be supervised by a security guard. Persons who record an elevated temperature or respiratory concerns shall be promptly quarantined in a designated area within the business’ premises and immediate advice should be sought from 166 or 165 and an on-site consultation with a medical doctor should be arranged without delay.

For further information please feel free to contact us to understand how this may apply to your business in Lao PDR at Wishing everyone safe and well during this period.

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