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Emergency Decree, Phase 6 to be discussed in coming weeks: CCSA

Jack Burton



PHOTO: CCSA spokeman Taweesin Visanuyothin - NNB

Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said in a press conference this morning that discussions on the Emergency Decree and a “Phase 6” of lifting Covid-19 restrictions and reopening the country are expected in the upcoming weeks.

A meeting is expected of the committees, including the CCSA and the National Security Council, responsible for easing restrictions and rules in the coming week. Several items are being considered for Phase 6, including:

  • Allowing more foreign workers into the country, especially migrant workers with the proper documentation and procedures.
  • Food and beverage industry product displays. It is unclear whether this includes the previously banned “beer cheer girls” for bars and nightlife.
  • Loosening rules and restrictions on the film and television industry to allow larger productions in more areas.
  • Allowing more groups of foreigners to enter the country; specifically mentioned were Thai Elite Visa members.

Details on these items,which are subject to change, are not yet available and are expected later in the week. No specific dates were given on when Phase 6 might begin.

Taweesin says foreign workers are critical to many Thai industries and the longer they’re were kept out, the more begin considering coming illegally, sidestepping proper quarantine and increasing the risk of a new wave of virus infections.

As for the Emergency Decree, Taweesin said this would be addressed the following week at a meeting of the National Security Council.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Monday, July 20, 2020 at 7:59 am

    What is the point of having new decree when they cannot be or delayed implement? I am a foreigner with work-permit, living in Bangkok with family. Our daughter got stuck in the USA and unable to join us in Bangkok. According to last decree, she is entitled to join us from July. However, it has been 3 weeks I have been trying to find a clear direction on how to apply for COE/VISA. The process/decree is not not fully implemented, especially not available in the USA yet after 3 weeks. Hope a new decree comes with immediate plans to implement. Also hope the authority looks into the last decree and mandate all embassies implement new decrees related to healthy foreigners allowed back join their families in Thailand.

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    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Anyone know how many Thai Elite Visa members there are? I guess, not many, certainly not enough to make any real difference.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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