Thailand’s Royal Gazette today, July 18th, has added Chachoengsao, Chonburi (Home of Pattaya), and Ayutthaya to the list of 13 maximum control dark-red zone provinces, effective this Tuesday, July 20th.
Similar to the first maximum control announcement in 10 provinces, limiting unnecessary movement and traveling are strongly advised to possibly reduce the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus and the increasing number of infections in the highest controlled zone provinces. Checkpoints will be in place throughout maximum control provinces, according to authorities, to determine if peoples trip is essential and discourage travel. The overall message is “Stay at Home.”
People are being asked to work from home, especially government agencies. The general expectation is that any company that can allow their staff to work from home does.
One of the biggest changes is that the 9:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. stay at home “request” in Chonburi will now be an “order.” This means legal mandates can be applied to those who are out without essential reason to do so, such as a medical emergency.
Public transportation will also be suspended during stay-at-home hours, similar to Bangkok.
The strict preventive measures include:
1. No dine-in policy in restaurants. Food must be for takeaway only. Restaurants, including food carts, must be closed at 8:00 PM. There is already no alcohol sales at restaurants for over three months.
2. Closures of shopping malls and other similar establishments, except the essential 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. Hotels and similar accommodations are allowed to open but must refrain from organizing any type of meetings, seminars, or banquets. Hotel amenities must follow the same rules as the overall orders, such as restaurants being take-away only.
4. Convenience stores and markets can be operated with limited hours. They must be closed from 8:00 PM. to 4:00 AM. Yes, this means 7-11 and Family Mart.
5. Schools, educational or training institutions, and other similar educational institutions are technically allowed to open for certain things like teachers teaching remotely but must strictly comply with the health measures previously announced. In-person student learning in dark-red provinces is not taking place, with the exception of some special education students. Chonburi schools have now been closed for months, unfortunately.
Construction equipment stores, banks, pet food stores, pharmacies, gas stations, medical supply stores, and similar shops that sell essential and daily necessities, as well as online delivery services, can be operated as needed and must strictly follow the disease prevention measures prescribed by the government.
All previously force closed venues, like bars, entertainment, etc, must remain closed.
The limit on gathering changes from 50 to 5. More than 5 people gathering is forbidden without permission from provincial officials. More than ONE person gathering to drink alcohol is forbidden.
All measures listed above are effective on Tuesday, July 20th, until further notice.
As a note, Chonburi has not yet released specific orders, although did share the general maximum control zone orders listed above on their social media channels. If you are unsure if your business can open please call the city call center at 1337. The generic orders for maximum control zones did not specifically mention beaches, pools, gyms, or massage shops but it is nearly certain there will be rules and restrictions for these items as well. The latter two are nearly certain to be closed like in other maximum control provinces, the former two will likely be a governor decision.
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