Schools allowed to resume face-to-face learning

The government has issued a notice easing anti-Covid-19 restrictions by allowing schools and educational institutes across the country to resume face-to-face teaching and learning.

Under the notice signed on Nov 14 by the Prime Minister’s Office, international, local and traditional land and water border checkpoints will remain closed from Nov 15 onwards.

Any meetings or gatherings with more than 50 participants are prohibited including religious festivals, wedding ceremonies and festive parties. Should any individuals or organizations, including government agencies, wish to hold a conference or gathering, they must request permission from the Covid-19 Taskforce.

Tourist and visitor visas will not be issued to foreigners, however diplomatic personnel, employees of international organizations, experts, and investors with an urgent requirement to enter the country will be granted entry but must comply with all Covid-19 prevention measures issued by the government.

Entertainment venues, cinemas, spas, karaoke bars, pubs, internet cafes, snooker halls, casinos and games shops must remain closed.

Factories and industrial plants in areas with community spread must be closed except those authorized by the Covid-19 Taskforce and the factories that produce consumer goods, medicines or medical equipment and comply strictly with Covid-19 prevention measures.

As for areas with community infections, massage parlours, spas and beauty parlours must be closed along with barbershops, cinemas, food gardens, and tourist sites as well as indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

Sports competitions and exercises at public parks are also banned.

Local citizens and all nationalities living in or entering the Lao PDR are required to install a smart phone application LaoKYC which can be used to register for Lao Susu services and apply for Vaccine ID which can be used as proof of vaccination and risk status when visiting public offices, factories, shops, restaurants, among others.

Source: Lao News Agency