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CCSA: Only 7 provinces in the Dark Red Zone, 5 zones used now

Neill Fronde

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In their meeting yesterday, the CCSA has massively reduced the Dark Red Maximum and Strict Controlled Zone from 23 to just 7 provinces ahead of Monday’s reopening to international tourism. The remaining dark red zones are mainly the Covid-19 plagued Deep South, with Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla, and Yala remaining dark red. Tak on Thailand’s western border and Chanthaburi in the east next to Rayong also remain on the dark red list.

Red zones considered maximum control have increased from 30 to 38 provinces, while orange control zones reduced from 24 to 23 provinces. For the first time in months, the yellow zone – for “high surveillance” – has been reinstated, with 5 provinces making the list.

The new Blue Zone was added and, separate from the Blue Zone Sandbox plan that welcomes back international tourists to 17 provinces, the CCSA blue zone for pilot tourism areas includes just 4 provinces – Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Nga, and Phuket.

These elite 4 provinces will be the only areas where alcohol sales and consumption will be allowed in restaurants with the reopening Monday. Gathering of up to 500 people will be allowed for special events, but clubs, bars, pubs, and other nightlife and entertainment venues will remain closed.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang plans on limiting alcohol in the busy capital and would only allow certain zones to sell and consume alcohol. Bangkok has the highest number of infections in the country, and while its been falling in recent weeks, the city still has around 800 Covid-19 infections a day.

The new CCSA color coding chart, with changes denoted:

DARK RED MAXIMUM AND STRICT CONTROL ZONE (7)
Currently Dark Red (7) No Longer Dark Red (16)
Chanthaburi
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Narathiwat
Pattani
Songkhla
Tak
Yala
Ayutthaya
Bangkok
Chachoengsao
Chon Buri
Kanchanaburi
Nakhon Nayok
Nakhon Pathom
Nonthaburi
Pathum Thani
Prachinburi
Ratchaburi
Rayong
Samut Prakan
Samut Sakhon
Samut Songkhram
Saraburi

 

RED MAXIMUM CONTROL ZONE (38)
Remaining Red (23) Formerly Dark Red (15)
Ang Thong
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai
Chumphon
Khon Kaen
Lop Buri
Nakhon Ratchasima
Nakhon Sawan
Phatthalung
Phetchabun
Phetchaburi
Phichit
Phitsanulok
Prachuap Khiri Khan
Ranong
Sa Kaeo
Satun
Suphan Buri
Surat Thani
Trang
Trat
Ubon Ratchathani
Udon Thani
Ayutthaya
Chachoengsao
Chon Buri
Kanchanaburi
Nakhon Nayok
Nakhon Pathom
Nonthaburi
Pathum Thani
Prachinburi
Ratchaburi
Rayong
Samut Prakan
Samut Sakhon
Samut Songkhram
Saraburi

 

ORANGE CONTROL ZONE (23)
Remaining Orange (16) Formerly Red (7)
Amnat Charoen
Buri Ram
Kamphaeng Phet
Lampang
Lamphun
Loei
Mae Hong Son
Nong Bua Lam Phu
Nong Khai
Phayao
Phrae
Roi Et
Sukhothai
Uthai Thani
Uttaradit
Yasothon
Chai Nat
Chaiyaphum
Kalasin
Maha Sarakham
Si Sa Ket
Sing Buri
Surin

 

YELLOW CONTROL ZONE (23)
New Yellow (5) Formerly Orange – all Yellow provinces (5)
Bung Kan
Mukdahan
Nakhon Phanom
Nan
Sakon Nakhon
Bung Kan
Mukdahan
Nakhon Phanom
Nan
Sakon Nakhon

 

BLUE PILOT TOURISM/SANDBOX AREA (4)
Blue Provinces (4) Former Color Designation
Bangkok Dark Red
Krabi Orange
Phangnga Orange
Phuket Orange

 

SOURCE: MCOT

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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