Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or the CCSA, announced this morning at a daily press conference that the CCSA supports extending the emergency decree currently in place to control the Covid-19 virus to the end of June and that they have moved the measure on to the Thai Cabinet to make a final decision next week.
It is widely expected that the Thai Cabinet will fully approve the measure which will extend the emergency decree through the end of June.
You can read more about the decisions made on this measure so far here:
The Emergency Decree gives the Thai Government broad powers to support managing and controlling the possible spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. It also provides strict, even draconian according to some, punishments for breaking the Decree.
Dr. Taweesin stated, similar to the statement by the National Security Council yesterday, that the reason for wanting an extension of the Emergency Decree was not the current number of cases (zero were announced today) but the fact that the two most high risk phases of unlocking businesses is scheduled for June.
If the decree was not extended, there would be limited ability to properly control the situation from a single source and provide the proper support needed if infections rise due to allowing high risk businesses to reopen.
Both Dr. Taweesin and the National Security Council have stated that the emergency decree continuing does not mean another month of strict early curfews or most businesses closed, but merely gives the government the ability to provide the support needed to issue guidelines and measures to potentially reopen venues like massage shops, amusement parks, nightlife and entertainment.