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Thailand’s zones change from Monday – easing of Covid restrictions

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: CCSA Announces Covid-19 updates and zone adjustments. (via PR Thai Government Facebook)

From tomorrow we’ll see the resumption of limited dine-in services in restaurants located in the remaining 4 Dark Red zones of Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan.

Restaurants in these 4 provinces will now be able to resume dining on premises, until 9pm. But they can only seat 25% of their full capacity. So, a table for 4 can only seat 1 person, while takeaways can still be provided until 11pm. The serving of alcohol in these areas is still prohibited.

Schools and other educational institutions in Dark Red zones also remain prohibited from holding in-person classes and activities in their buildings.

Meanwhile, Chiang Mai and Chon Buri were removed from the list of Dark Red zones. Currently, there are 17 provinces considered Red zones, where dine-in services are permitted until 11pm, without the serving of alcohol. Phuket was downgraded to an Orange Zone.

Thailand still had no provinces categorised as Green or even Yellow yet, but hopefully, the downward trend continues. The zone layout now is: 4 Dark Red zones, 17 Red zones, 56 Orange zones for 77 provinces total.

The updated province colour-coded zones are…

Pathum Thani
Samat Prakan
Nakhon Pathom
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Prachuap Khiri Khan
Samut Sakhon
Surat Thani
Amnat Charoen
Ang Thong
Bueng Kan
Chai Nat
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai
Kamphaeng Phet
Khon Kaen
Mae Hong Son
Maha Sarakham
Nakhon Nayok
Nakhon Phanom
Nakhon Ratchasima
Nakhon Sawan
Nong Bua Lamphu
Nong Kai
Phang Nga
Roi Et
Sa Kaeo
Sakon Nakhon
Samut Songkram
Sing Buri
Ubon Ratchathani
Udon Thani
Uthai Thani
SOURCE: PR Thai Government


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    Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    All apart of the plan. What a joke this virus is.

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    Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Yes, hysterical. Until you find you have it.

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    Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    @slugger without antibody testing there’s no way to know if I already caught it, and considering 80%+ are asymptomatic, yes its joke. I can handle the flu. I’m young and healthy.

    Its likely I caught it nov 2019 and again sept 2020, and maybe even again last month as I was in thonglo area.

    1st round, sick as a dog for 3 weeks with a cough that lasted 5 weeks

    2nd round sick for 3 days with a cough that lasted 2 weeks

    3rd round, had a funny feeling in my nose and throat could have been allergies…

    IF, it was covid, this suggests my immune system is ready with antibodies.

    If you’re old or weak, stay home, get the vaccine when it’s available to you. The rest of y’all get on with your life. Its ok to get sick. Its also ok for people to die from illness. But quit ruining society and living your life in fear.

    We are all going to die.

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      Dean Millard

      Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 4:23 pm

      It’s about not overwhelming your countries NHS system it what ever it may be, it’s not as simple as you portray it

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    Mohandas Ghandi

    Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    @IJTF – India’s in on it…

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    J Lo

    Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    @IJTF – it’s great you can handle “the flu.” Except it’s not a flu.
    I hope no one takes you seriously.

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    Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    @IJTF – so you may have spread it to others and it seems like you don’t care. I personally have know at least a dozen people who have died in the US and one spouse of a person who died that needs to be on oxygen for the rest of her life. In my years of living do not know anyone that has died from the flu.

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    Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    @IJTF – 100percent agree.

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    Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    @kn everything was closed already when my nose and throat felt funny for a few days. I did wear a mask when I HAD to go out. there was no way I was gonna go get tested for a funny feeling in my throat and risk getting put into a field hospital for 14 days at cost to me..

    On top of me taking basic precautions such as wearing a mask, there was no where to go so I stayed home and played video games.

    As much as I admit to being a selfish prick, I did what I felt was right to limit my interactions with people.

    This is a joke, but when grab came to deliver my food, I just threw coins over the fence at them. They seemed really confused. I have to admit, it was funny watching the coins bounce off their helmets. 555555

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    Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    @kn let’s go back to nov 2019.. this was before the media picked it up. A staff came into my shop with a cough. Within a week everyone was sick with varying symptoms. It is possible we spread it but who knew it was going to become a pandemic

    I’m not saying covid is a nothingburger. It could be real, but my experiences with it suggests it’s just the flu.

    Here’s what I don’t really understand, before covid, trust in media was almost non existent, except for the most diehard sheep.

    But now most you hang on every word the media reports and it has been well documented Eben by Dr fauci the pcr test is incredibly unreliable to determine a contagious case. The amount of cycle thresholds used is never reported and this was called out by Dr fauci, yet the rest of the media chose to ignore it.

    The thaiger is reporting every positive pcr test as a new infection. This is very misleading.

    It should be reported as, 3000 new positive pcr tests, with undisclosed ct#s. That to me would be honest reporting with trying to sow fear.

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    Simon Small

    Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 9:12 am

    “. It could be real, but my experiences with it suggests it’s just the flu.”


    “… without antibody testing there’s no way to know if I already caught it” and “there was no way I was gonna go get tested”.

    So you’ve no idea if you’ve had Covid or not, and you deliberately didn’t get tested – but if you had it wasn’t serious.

    Maybe you’ve had Ebola, final stage cancer, been bitten by a rattler and swallowed by a whale, but “there’s no way to know” as you never checked but if you had they weren’t serious either.

    Have you any idea just how stupid you’re making yourself out to be?

    As for the nonsense about PCR tests and “this was called out by Dr fauci”, etc, that’s just a blatant lie, never happened, and repeating it without sourcing it is just tedious.

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    Simon Small

    Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Just a thought, Neill / Thaiger, but heading the article with a series of maps showing Thailand as White, Green and Yellow with just a very few orange and red zones may be a bit confusing when there are currently only orange, red and dark red zones”

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    Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 10:02 am

    @IJTF: nov 2019? Where, in China? Otherwise, no.

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    Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    @Slugger – yes exactly this is not a joke – not from those I hear who had it..

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    Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    @IJTF – Obviously you are young. Lucky you…not a care in the world. You’ll survive covid! Good on you! But what of your father and mother and your grandfathers and grandmother’s? You are showing the narrow mindedness of the young. You survive and they die! Or suffer the consequences of your behaviour (or the behaviour of other young people) for the rest of their lives. Get a grip! Look at what your actions are doing to others…look at the long term consequences! You will survive Covid….Then you will be reinfected later, by a more virulent strain in the future and die….or you could change your attitude ….. I am a Funeral Director.

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    Peter Nielsen

    Monday, May 17, 2021 at 5:26 am

    The pharmaceutical industry makes lots of money… Good for them 🙂

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    J West

    Monday, May 17, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    There’s one plan which hasn’t been considered….immediate mass vaccination. If this were done then no more worry, no more argument. Every age group, nation, ethnicity, first world, third world has had mass casualties. Instead of trailing lockdowns reacting slowly from pub to pub…get the damn vaccine rollout done !!!! Just do it ! As it is…the hodge podge reaction by government is stifling any possible opening. What’s next….street by soi closings? Do your job or resign. I wish.

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    Mark W

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 10:19 am

    I love when covid panic warriors come out and start screaming like 5 year olds, blaming people who got sick for spreading the virus. These clowns are worse than Trump!

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