More Restrictions Announced In Thailand

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A range of new measures have been implemented in Thailand as the country fights its latest, and worst, Covid-19 outbreak.

Schools, bars and massage parlours will all have to close for at least two weeks from Sunday 18th April. Any activities involving more than 50 people will also be prohibited.

A curfew had been consider but dismissed due the affects that this would have on people’s incomes especially those at “grassroots” level.

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18 provinces, including Bangkok, have been designated as red zones, with closer monitoring and increased curbs. The rest of the country has been categorised as orange zones.

In Red zone areas restaurants will have to close at 9pm and takeaways at 11pm. Alcohol is banned in restaurants. Shopping centres, malls and department stores must control numbers and close at 9pm. Convenience stores, supermarkets, flea markets and walking streets will close from 11pm to 4am. Sports and fitness business’ must also close at 9pm.

In Orange zones restaurants can open until 11pm, but alcohol is still banned. Large shopping outlets must close at 9pm but there are no restrictions on convenience stores, supermarkets, flea markets, walking streets and venues for sports and exercises. Individual provinces however may impose additional measures.

The 18 Red Zones provinces are:  Bangkok, Khon Kaen, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Tak, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phuket, Rayong, Songkhla, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Sa Kaeo, Suphan Buri and Udon Thani.

Thailand has yet again recorded a record high in new daily cases today with an additional 1,585 cases. There have been 39,038 since the start of the pandemic.

Sources: Reuters, Bangkok Post

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