At a press conference in Bangkok today held by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, the English language spokesman for the CCSA, Mr. Natapanu Nopakun, specifically said that condo and public pools would remain closed.
The statement, which can be found at about 11 minutes and 40 seconds below, states that at this time the Public Health Ministry and CCSA will keep pools closed.
The reasoning given is due to health related concerns and inability to limit number of people at condominium pools.
Chonburi area officials with the Chonburi Communicable Disease Committee have previously addressed pools also, stating that they were concerned people would use them, including condo pools, as a gathering location to socialize, drink and eat around pools versus pure exercise. Under the current Emergency Decree laws to control the potential spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, gatherings for the purpose of socializing, especially over drinks, is forbidden.
As a result at this time the CCSA confirmed today that pools will be not be approved to be lifted in the next phase, Sunday May 17th, and will stay closed at least until the end of May and the third phase, expected to start in June, based on the severity of the Covid-19 Coronavirus situation in Thailand.
The Pattaya News notes that we have received many letters from readers upset over the closure of condo pools in particular, especially from those in condos with minimal or low numbers of residents whose pools are still closed. The complaints also bring up the fact that with the extreme heat wave that Thailand has suffered in recent weeks along with the ban on swimming on local beaches that the rules are, in the opinion of many local residents, overly restrictive.