Going green! COVID-19 control measures eased from Feb 1

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Phuket bars can now work as usual. Photo: Porkandchicken /Flickr

Effective from 1 February 2021, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has re-classified Thailand’s 77 provinces into five areas with specific measures in place depending on the level of risk. The good news for Phuket is that the island is listed among the safest provinces (green) with only minimal control measures in force.

What is allowed

Entertainment venues of all types including pubs, bars, and karaoke shops can resume normal operation hours in accordance with the relevant laws. Restaurants and eateries can come back to normal business.

Dining-in and the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks are allowed as well. Music performances and dancing are also no longer prohibited.

Bath massage parlours, as well as a spa and Thai traditional massage shops, are allowed to serve clients, but with a limited number of customers.

All indoor and outdoor gyms, fitness centers, and boxing stadiums come resume normal operation. Competitions can be organized with a number of audiences in accordance with the rules and regulations.

What remains in force

Gambling venues of all types (including cock and bullfighting places) should be closed. Also, officials should keep in place health screening for travelers, especially those from the maximum and high controlled areas. These are Samut Sakon, Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan.

Also in force are all standard health and safety precautions such as wearing masks in public places, maintaining social distance, using hand sanitiser.

“Though the virus situation in many provinces is improving, people still need to maintain good hygiene practices, at least until the virus becomes a regular disease that health authorities can handle,” CCSA spokesperson Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin stressed.

For more information, please visit the National News Bureau of Thailand website.