CCSA, chaired by Thai Prime Minister, announces easing of Covid-19 restrictions in all provinces in Thailand, effective in early February

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The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) general meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha, announced the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in all provinces in Thailand, however, the level of easing is dependent on the severity of the outbreak.

We have summarized the list of announcements below. However, we wanted to make a few things clear in terms of this list as the list is “general”.

1. These new orders need to be published in the Royal Gazette to be formal and in effect. This is a formality but technically nothing is official or in effect until this order is released. So although zone statuses are being changed, according to the CCSA (see below) it’s not official or in effect until the Royal Gazette order so things like transportation restrictions are technically in effect until then. However, unlikely to be enforced. The likely date of effect for the orders is Monday, February 1st, not today or this weekend. This means everything in the lists below will not take immediate effect.
2. The zone status proposal changes we covered extensively before have not changed at all since the proposal. Yes, inter-provincial travel restrictions will end for zones that had them under highly controlled status. However, some provinces may still have their own quarantines or limited restrictions based on the Governor and provincial government. Again, this is not official until the Royal Gazette order takes place.
3. For orders to be official in each province they will need permission from the Governor and each province’s communicable disease committee. Governors have the ability, if they choose, to strengthen rules and make them tougher. So although everything in the list below will be “allowed” by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration it is not a guarantee that the governor will pass the order on this allowance in every province. All restrictions not listed on the lists below are considered provincial level and not national level and need provincial permission to be allowed to resume/orders.
This information is subject to change and often does change quickly but was correct as of press time.

Samut Sakhon will remain under the highest and strictest disease control. Educational institutions, sports, outdoor facilities, massage shops, arcades, bars, entertainment venues, and internet shops are still closed. Market and field markets are allowed to be operated under compliance with strict social distancing and limited customers.

Department stores and dine-in restaurants can open until 11:00 PM. with no alcoholic beverage sales. Hotels can continue their operations with a strict follow-up on their visitors to check their entry and departure time.

Bangkok and its vicinity are under the highest control with bars, pubs, and nightlife entertainment venues remaining closed. Restaurants are allowed to welcome customers for dine-in under social distancing measure until 11:00 PM. with no alcoholic beverage sales.

Small events and exhibitions at event halls with less than 100 people can also take place with no alcohol and entertainment. All guests must check-in via the “Thai Chana” application prior to the event.

Schools and other educational institutions with less than 120 students can be opened normally. Alternate day class attendance, social distancing, and online learning may still be required in schools with more than 120 students.

Migrant workers who are coming into the provinces must install the “Moh Chana” tracing application. Spas and Thai massage shops can be reopened as well as fitness, gyms, and other sports and outdoor facilities. Sport-related competition can take place indoors with no audience.

10 provinces under the controlled zones, namely Kanchanaburi, Chantaburi, Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Ratchaburi, Lop Buri, Samut Songkram, Sa Kaeo, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, and Ang Thong, can have their bars, pubs, and nightlife entertainment venues reopened until 11:00 PM. with alcohol and live music (no dancing). Restaurants can also open until 11:00 PM. with booze.

Schools and educational institutions can reopen with normal classes as well as small events with less than 300 people (no dancing) but must comply with social distancing and other health measures.

17 provinces under the maximum surveillance areas, namely Kampangpeth, Chainat, Chaiyaphom, Chumpon, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Narathiwat, Buriram, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phang Nga, Yala, Ranong, Songkhla, Sukothai, Surat Thani, Uthai Thani, can have their bars, pubs, nightlife entertainment venues, and restaurants reopened until midnight with alcohol and live music (no dancing).

Spas, Thai massage shops including massage parlors can be opened with a limited number of customers as well as fitness, gyms, and other sports and outdoor facilities. Gambling dens and animal fighting are still prohibited in all areas.

35 remaining provinces under green-zone surveillance areas are provided with very few restrictions but social distancing, mask-wearing, and other health measures must strictly comply.

All measures mentioned are expected to be implemented next Monday, February 1st.

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