Thailand strengthens anti-COVID measures jor July 1 reopening

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The recent week turned out tough for big thinkers in Bangkok as they struggled tp find a proper solution to a tricky problem: how to contain the third wave of coronavirus and get the county safe and ready for planned July 1 reopening for vaccinated tourists.

Photo: ILO / Chanitda Wiwatchanon.

The recent week turned out tough for big thinkers in Bangkok as they struggled tp find a proper solution to a tricky problem: how to contain the third wave of coronavirus and get the county safe and ready for planned July 1 reopening for vaccinated tourists.

As announced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), effective from 18 April 2021, and likely in place for two weeks, there will be a new set of restrictions focused on businesses and activities deemed at high-risk for COVID-19 transmission. During the abovementioned weeks the government will evaluate the situation based on the number of new infections.

First, all the provinces were devided in two zones: 18 “highly controlled areas” or “red zone” and 59 “controlled areas” or “orange zones”. Phuket – with over 140 new infections – was classified as a “red zone”. Meanwhile neighboring Phang Nhga and Krabi got “orange” code. Bangkok is obviously “red” by default due to density of population and busy intercity traffic.

ACTIVITIESRED ZONESORANGE ZONES
School classesNot allowedNot allowed
Gatherings of more than 50 peopleNot allowedNot allowed
Pubs, Bars, karaoke, massage parloursNot allowedNot allowed
Restaurants / Food & Beverage OutletsDine-in until 21.00,takeaway until 23.00Dine-in until 23.00
Consumption of alcoholic beverages
at food outlets or restaurants
Not allowedNot allowed
Shopping MallsOpen until 21.00Open until 21.00
Shops, Markets, Convenience StoresOpen 04.00-23.00Open per New Normal
Indoor/Outdoor Fitness & GymOpen until 21.00Open per New Normal
Info: TAT

The public are encouraged to cancel or postpone interprovincial travel at this time, or must undergo strict screening measures, which may cause inconvenience (though proper lockdown is not introduced).

Also, the public are encouraged to avoid holding social activities; such as, parties or banquets, with exception for traditional ceremonies, which must be held under strict communicable disease control measures.

Private-sector organisations are encouraged to allow work from home options.

The above measures may be changed depending on the situation and deemed appropriate by the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) under the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), as well as the governors of Bangkok and 76 other provinces.

Tra travellers are aslo reminded to take DMHTT precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, and T – Thai Chana contact tracing application.

Stay healthy Phuket!