Govt discussing about opening entertainment centers closed for more than six months

Knowing the impact of COVID-19 on entertainment centers in the country, the government is under discussion on resuming the entertainment centers. Entertainment centers were closed for more than six months leaving both the employee and employers jobless.

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said that they are studying and discussing on the possibility to resume the operation of Karoake, Drayang, movie theaters and to allow 100 percent of passengers in public transportation.

“They are questioning us on why they are not allowed to operate their businesses. However, what will happen if one tests positive in one gathering right after their businesses are resumed. If it happens, then instead of transmitting to 4 to 5 people, it would get transmitted to 400 to 500 people at once. So, this is our worry and I hope people will have the same worry,” he added.

He said in other countries like Japan and Europe, the wave is very heavy and this happened right after relaxation of government’s regulation and they are worried of the same happening in the country.

“Our community is clean and virgin for now and if we continue to be the same for four to five months, a vaccine would be introduced by then. We would try to bring in the vaccine once it’s introduced. And if we can sustain without COVID-19 for two to three years than we would be the one to benefit in the long run,” he added.

If the country remains clean with zero death and without local transmission, the rebound on tourism would be good, he said.

Meanwhile, Lyonchhen said that though a person who tested positive tests negative after few days, they are worried if that person will have any health implications in future. “Studies are coming on, on whether a person who tested positive of COVID-19 will have health risks after many years. Therefore, one should be careful of getting infected since the study is going on,” he added.

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