Thai government announces strict Covid-19 control measures in Dark Red Zone provinces, effective from Monday

Bangkok –

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) this morning, July 9th, has announced strict Covid-19 control measures implemented in ten provinces to try and curb the number of Covid-19 daily infections, effective from Monday, July 12th.*

*Checkpoints to control movement, especially interprovincial and out of dark red zones, will start from Saturday, July 10th.

The measures will be put into effect in ten provinces in the Dark Red Zones, a color-coding system used in Thailand to determine the level of Covid-19 restrictions, namely Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, and Samut Sakhon, Yala, Songkhla, Narathiwas, and Pattani. 

Chonburi, the home of Pattaya, is not included. We caution, however, that governors in provinces have the ability to strengthen rules if they wish.

Approved by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) which is chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha, the measures include:

For six provinces in Bangkok and its vicinity

(1) Work From Home at the maximum capacity, except for necessary service businesses and businesses related to utilities. Essentially, any company that can have their staff work from home, they must do so.

(2) Closures of shopping malls, except the sections of supermarkets, drug stores, food, groceries, banks and financial institutions, mobile phone shops, and vaccination centers inside shopping centers. They can be opened until 8:00 PM.

(3) Convenience stores and markets must be closed from 8:00 PM. to 4:00 AM.

(4) Public transportation must be closed from 9:00 PM. to 4:00 A.M. of the following day (Some reports said 3:00 A.M., this could change)

(5) No dine-in policy in restaurants as well as no alcohol sales. Restaurants, including food carts, must be closed at 8:00 PM.

(6) Closures of spas, beauty centers, and massage parlors

(7) Public parks must be closed at 8:00 PM.

(8) All other closure measures previously in place as part of Dark Red zones remain in place, such as the closure of bars, entertainment, gyms, waterparks, pool halls, etc.

For all Dark Red Zone provinces

(8) Stay at home overnight except for emergencies from 9:00 PM. to 4:00 AM. 

(9) Avoid unnecessary traveling, except for food purchasing and healthcare assistance.

(10) Prohibition of large gatherings with more than 5 people, except funerals

Public transport companies are advised to reduce their services. Meanwhile, relevant authorities will also impose stricter regulations and set up checkpoints to minimize people’s movement from the Dark Red Zones, starting tomorrow July 10th.

Color coding zones have also been recoded across the country. No additional “Dark Red” zones were found, however, many more red and orange zones were added. A complete map can be found on our daily Covid-19 recap report.

The CCSA also emphasizes the public personal preventive measures, including wearing a mask, avoiding close contact with one another, and or eating together both at home and workplace

During the CCSA meeting, the Prime Minister, who is currently in quarantine at his home due to being in close contact with a person with Covid-19, also announced via video conference that he would not accept his salary for three months in order for the money to be spent to help with the Covid-19 situation in the country.

The Prime Minister’s salary, according to local media, was 75,590 baht with an additional 50,000 for his role as the Prime Minister, marking a total of 125,590 baht a month or 376,770 baht for three months.

All measures listed above are until further notice.

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