The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved in principle stricter Covid-19 health measures in Thailand proposed by Public Health Ministry at a meeting today, effective nationwide on midnight of May 1st, taking effect for this upcoming holiday weekend.
CCSA spokesperson Taweeslip Visanuyuthin revealed this afternoon, April 29th, that the first proposal was for state quarantine for all arrivals to Thailand to increase from 7-10 days to 14 days again. All visitors, including Thai and foreign nationals, have to stay in their room at all times and must undergo regular Covid-19 testing by the public health authorities. This is regardless of country of origin or if the visitor is fully vaccinated or not.
However, travelers who have obtained their Certificate of Entry (COE) prior to May 1st, 2021, and arrive in the Kingdom before May 6th will be quarantined for 7 to 10 days, depending on vaccination status.
Secondly, six provinces in Thailand are planned to be categorized as the “highest risk and control zones” or “Dark Red Zones”. The provinces are Bangkok, Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan.
The proposed measures for the “Dark Red Zones” include no large gatherings of more than 20 people; no dine-in services at all restaurants and takeaway is only allowed until 9:00 PM.; sports stadiums and facilities, as well as gyms, must be closed; shopping malls and shops can be opened until 9:00 PM.; local residents are asked to refrain from leaving home if unnecessarily. All previously closed venues and orders stand, additionally, governors can implement stricter orders if they choose but cannot loosen the restrictions.
Dine-in services will be allowed until 9:00 PM. in the “Red Zones”, and until 11:00 PM. in the “Orange Zones”. Similar to the “Dark Red Zones” measures, shopping malls are allowed to open until 9:00 PM. Entertainment venues, school institutions, and sports facilities must stay closed.
Dr. Taweesilp also stated that private business companies, especially in Bangkok, are highly recommended to order their employees to conduct “Work From Home” during the new and stricter measures to curb the Covid-19 local transmission. The measures will last for at least two weeks, or until the situation improves. There was no discussion about financial aid measures for affected employees or businesses.
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