The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) this afternoon, August 16th, has officially approved several Public Health Ministry’s proposals of Covid-19 preventive measures, including the extension of the partial lockdown measures in the maximum strict and control areas until the end of August, according to the CCSA spokesman.
They also approved the reopening of banks and other financial institutions at shopping malls/department stores in 29 dark-red zone provinces, including Bangkok and Chonburi, according to Dr. Taweeslip Visanuyothin. This will start Wednesday, August 18th, 2021. Other than the bank reopening, most of the measures remain the same initially until the end of August. This includes widely unpopular measures like a ban on dine-in, gyms, massage shops, bars, malls, tourist attractions, recreation, and closure of beaches, pools, parks, and outdoor spaces.
Both the partial lockdown extension and the bank reopening measures will be put into effect this Wednesday, August 18th, until further notice. The CCSA plans to review the measures again at the end of the month but also continues to caution that they don’t believe the country has hit its peak yet and measures would likely stay in place for some time, without clarifying the exact timeframe.
Furthermore, the Thai government has also decided to procure about 12 million doses of Covid-19’s Sinovac vaccines, 10 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, and an additional 10 million doses from other manufacturers who were not specified to prevent the rapid spread of the Delta mutant.
The CCSA is also considering a “Thai Covid Pass” prior to the country reopening in October, according to the Prime Minister’s previous plan. The measure would mean that one should present their proof of vaccination before being allowed to enter certain indoor public and private places. This is, at this time, strictly a proposal in pre-discussion phases.
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