Thailand’s Royal Gazette today, January 6th, announced the highest and strictest controlled measures in five provincial areas in Nonthaburi, Chonburi, Trat, Rayong, and Samut Sakhon, effective this Thursday, January 7th onwards.
There are four key points being mentioned in the notification issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations, B.E. 2548, which has been implemented since 26 March 2020. The points are as follows:
1.) Enhance the strict enforcement of disease prevention measures by requiring the installation of the ‘Moh Chana’ check-in application in all establishments as well as the ‘Thai Chana’ application.
According to the CCSA spokesman, the ‘Moh Chana’ application allows the public health authorities to easily detect an individual’s travel history through GPS and Bluetooth that will also notify applicants of the Covid-19 infected patients in their nearby areas.
2.) Raise the highest and strictest controlled areas in question with extremely stringent measures, by allowing officers to inspect transport routes of all vehicles which are traveling in and out of the highest and strictest controlled areas in order to potentially detect Covid-19 infected patients and perform health screening on travelers. Persons who wish to leave the provincial area for necessity reasons must present their ID card, or other types of identity cards like a passport along with a certificate of traveling approval to the governmental staff. They must show evidence that their trip is essential. (It is not yet quite clear exactly what this means, essentially if you don’t absolutely have to travel out of the province don’t. It is not, however, a lockdown or travel ban according to authorities.)
3.) Conduct serious legal actions and absolute punishment against offenders who are found to operate or are involved in illegal gambling dens in the areas where the outbreak occurs.
4.) Those who do not abide by these notifications are facing a penalty of up to a two-year imprisonment and/or a fine not exceeding 40,000 baht or both.
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