Weekly Feature: A glance at what the week ahead brings in news in Thailand: Covid-19 restrictions tighten, vaccine plans move forward, more


The following is our weekly feature in which we take a look at the top developing stories and things to follow over the past week. We are focusing on what is happening for the fourth week of April, ending May 1st, 2021.

As we publish dozens of stories a week, this allows our readers to get a quick glimpse of the most important stories taking place and to monitor and follow for the week ahead, as chosen by our editorial team.

They are in no particular order of importance.

1. Covid-19 restrictions to tighten in Bangkok, other provinces to follow?

Late tonight, April 24th, 2021, the Bangkok Governor and relevant agencies announced that Bangkok will be tightening its restrictions, closing or restricting a total of 31 more venues and places. This is only in Bangkok and some of these items had already been closed in other provinces (Cinemas have been closed here in Chonburi for weeks.). However, the same day, the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan O’Cha announced Governors of provinces would be given more leeway to tighten restrictions and rules around Covid-19 as cases continue to increase, with over 2,800 found today alone. Keep an eye on this, we could see more restrictions this week, especially from a national level that may affect everyone.

Bangkok tightens Covid-19 restrictions and closes many more venues and places for at least two weeks

Thai Prime Minister gives full authority to provincial governors for curfews, tougher restrictions to control Covid-19

2. Pattaya working on its own vaccine plan, to use Eastern Sports Stadium for mass vaccinations, more details possible next week

We also touched on Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume discussing Pattaya’s plan to secure 1.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines locally, even if it has to come from private companies, to attempt to get herd immunity and protection locally in a bid to get the area ready for tourism once more. Pattaya and Phuket are both determined despite the current outbreak of Covid-19 to stay focused on their goals of vaccinating the local population so they do not miss a critical high season later this year.

Pattaya and Chonburi still requesting 1.5 million doses of Covid -19 vaccines to hopefully recover the economy and tourism

3. Pattaya to move forward with socially distanced outdoor events even though Covid-19 has reared its head once again

Also from the last article, the Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume stated that the city learned a lot from their recent events of “Kite on the Beach” and “Connext” and feel they can properly hold safe, outdoor, socially distanced events with masks even though there has been a significant rise in Covid-19 cases in the area. They are not planning any immediate events and big ones on the horizon, like the Music festival, have already been delayed/postponed. However, the plan is to hold more beach-style events in the fresh air and outdoors that can be safely run, are spread out, and don’t attract large crowds like concerts or “party style” events.

That is all for this week, thank you for your support and we will continue to give you neutral, unbiased, factual updates on the current Covid-19 situation and all other local and regional Chonburi news.

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