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What should be done about people who break the lockdown rules?

While the country is in lockdown, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control is urging everyone to act responsibly by not travelling to virus-risk areas, staying at home, and complying with all government guidelines. But numerous people and businesses are ignoring the guidelines. Vientiane Times asked for opinions on what penalties should be meted out.


Mr Thavykhoun Saenglattana, an official in Vientiane: I read that at least 10 internet cafés in Vientiane were closed after officials found they were still open for business.
I would like to offer a million thanks to the authorities for cracking down and punishing people who break the rules. In my view, village administrations need to carry out a lot more checks on security and order. If they can’t keep things under control, they should ask for help from higher authorities. I don’t understand why some people think it’s all right to break the rules. It seems that they’re not worried about the virus. Most people don’t seem to pay attention to prevention measures, which has resulted in a widespread outbreak and another countrywide lockdown.

Ms Soukthavy, a resident of Xaythany district, Vientiane: I know we’re all supposed to be careful during the lockdown and restrict our activities. But some people in my village are still gathering for gambling and parties in groups of more than 10. It doesn’t seem that the village administration is bothered about it. But I think everyone should be informed of the regulations and the authorities should issue warnings and fine people who break the rules.

Ms Sonemala Phatthanakon, a resident of Luang Prabang province: Yes, it seems that a lot of people aren’t respecting the lockdown rules, unlike last year when they took it more seriously. Some people are going out unnecessarily and meeting up with their relatives. Some people in my village are carrying on as usual and not wearing face masks. Everyone should do as they’re advised and maintain social distancing, wear a face mask, and wash their hands with soap or alcohol-based gel. I think the lockdown order should be implemented more effectively and the authorities should clamp down on violators.

Mr Don Vongsalith, an official in Xaysettha district, Vientiane: Of course, some business owners want to make money and people get bored when they have to stay at home, but who’s going to be held responsible for the Covid-19 outbreak we’re now facing? Medical workers are doing their best to cope with the situation and we should all join forces to do our best and be more considerate of other people. The authorities should crack down hard on people who violate the regulations as an example to others and deter them from doing the same.

Ms Missana Sackvisith, a resident of Xaythany district, Vientiane: I’ve read on social media that some people in high positions have gathered for festivals during the Covid outbreak and violated the lockdown rules. But I don’t know where they live. I urge the authorities to actively enforce the regulations and to work transparently and fairly in this matter. I think it would be better if everyone strictly obeyed the regulations and were more careful about preventing the spread of the virus.





By Lamphone Pasanthong
(Latest Update May 5, 2021)

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