The Chonburi Governor released through their public relations accounts tonight, July 19th, 2021, new orders around closures, measures, and restrictions as the province becomes a “Dark Red” zone.
Now that you have refreshed your memory on the overall dark red zone rules, let’s get into the specifics of the Chonburi order released around 11:00 P.M. tonight. These are effective from tomorrow, July 20th, 2021 until further notice:
-Leaving your home without permission (such as work like law enforcement or medical) or a medical emergency between 9:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. is prohibited. Law enforcement will be out looking for people violating this rule, high fines, and possible jail time for those who break this rule. (curfew)
-During all other hours one should refrain from leaving home except for essentials such as work that cannot be done from home, food, medicine, doctor appointments, pharmacy visits, items needed for life, etc. This is not a hard ban like overnight, but one should limit leaving their home if at all possible.
-One may be required to show the Thai Chana application at checkpoints, which will be throughout the province and especially around interprovincial borders.
-If one needs to travel, especially from province to province, they should have documentation showing the trip is urgent and needed (like a vaccination appointment, or embassy appointment confirmation.)
-Checkpoints, as stated, will be placed throughout the province, especially to stop the transportation of migrant workers without permission and to discourage travel. Travel is not banned, per se, but must be done for essentials only.
Closed until further notice, along with what was stated in the general dark red zone information above:
-Entertainment venues, bars, clubs, karaoke, gentlemen clubs, soapie massages, etc. (Have already been closed for three and a half months)
-Fish, chicken, bullfighting fields, legal gambling establishments (also already closed for months)
-Cinemas, theaters (same as above)
-Snookers, billiards, bowling, skating, similar places (same as above)
-arcades, amusement parks indoor and outdoor
-places for celebrations and parties, conference centers, banquet halls, etc (Remember, a limit to only 5 people)
-nurseries/eldercare centers (except overnight places)
-All types of massage shops, including foot massages, health establishments, weight loss clinics (Sorry folks massage wise, had lots of questions on this)
-Spas, beauty clinics, salons, including in private hospitals, tattoo shops (They didn’t specifically say barbershop, just said places for beauty, we advise owners of these establishments to check with local authorities)
-Gyms, fitness centers, indoor sports stadiums (another popular question, sorry folks.)
-In-person learning at schools remain closed
Can open with restrictions:
-Game and internet cafes from 4:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
-Swimming pool, water park can open from 4:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. No alcohol. (Another popular one. Pools can stay open! Keep in mind some condos may choose to close them and this would be a juristic office decision.)
-Amulet centers and small shops (not markets) can open from 4:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.
-Restaurants, food carts, convenience stores, food vendors, food courts, canteens can open until 8:00 P.M. NO DINE-IN. TAKE AWAY/DELIVERY ONLY. No alcohol. (Canteens in hospitals overnight can stay open for hospital staff/patients only)
-Public parks, outdoor sports stadiums, places for outdoor exercise are open until 8:00 P.M. (Yes, exercise is essential and a reason to go outside.)
-Malls, Department stores can open only for supermarkets, drugstores, and vaccination areas. (There is some question here about restaurants in malls, but they are not allowed to dine in regardless. Please check with the city call center at 1337 or mall management if you are not sure.)
-Hospitals, clinics, drugstores, local shops, financial businesses, banks, communication businesses, pet food stores, hardware stores, gas stations, post offices, and other shops that are essential including delivery can open.
-Markets, Convenience stores are open from 4:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
-Hotels and exhibition centers can open, however, no dining-in and no meetings/conferences.
-There were NO references to golf courses, fishing parks, or the beach. It is “assumed” they may be able to open as a result but we STRONGLY advise checking with the city call center and authorities at 1337 if you are an owner or the venue you are interested in visiting if you are a customer in advance. As for beaches, as they were not named it appears they remain open at this time with current rules, such as no alcohol, in place.
Once again, if you don’t see your business listed and are not sure, please call the city call center at 1337 and double-check with them. Take care and stay safe.