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More closures in Bangkok, in force now

Tim Newton



It’s not a formal lockdown, but it may as well be, with newly announced closures from the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority.

From Monday, April 26, a lot more services, public spaces and businesses around Bangkok are now closed. Additionally events will be limited to just 20 people, down from the former limitation of 50 people. Face mask-wearing will be enforced with a fine of 20,000 baht, a situation that is now in force in 42 other provinces around the country (more have been added since yesterday’s article).

But there is no curfew, although shopping centres must now close at 8pm, supermarkets at 9pm and convenience stores will have to close at 10pm until 4am. More about the early closing of those services in red zone provinces HERE.

Here is a list of the businesses, public spaces and service that are now closed or have restricted hours…

• Cinemas
• Water parks, amusement theme parks, inside and outside shopping malls
• Zoos
• Rollerblading and skateboard parks
• Snooker and billiards parlours
• Bowling alleys and video game shops
• Internet cafes
• Public swimming pools
• Exercise facilities and fitness centres
• Exhibition venue, Exhibition center, Convention center
• Museums
• Public libraries
• Plant nurseries
• Aged care facilities
• Boxing stadiums and boxing schools
• Martial arts studios
• Tattoo parlours
• Dance studios
• Horse racing
• Amulet shops
• Weight control clinics
• Health establishments, Thai massage and foot massage
• All kinds of sporting grounds
• Entertainment venues
• Service venues, meeting rooms, banquet rooms and other venues
• The opening of shopping centres from 11am-8pm
• Beauty salons, hairdressers – may open but customers have to wait outside
• All types of sports competition fields
• Public parks and exercise locations
• Convenience stores open from 5am – 10pm
• No gatherings of more than 20 people


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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 11:40 am

    And yet the “packed like tinned sardines” BTS, MTR, and Buses are still allowed to operate in Bangkok.

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Yes Billibob one choose where to look, what’s new?

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    @billybob that’s ok, because covid is less dangerous than the flu for thai people. Statistically speaking.

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    It’s well know fact that people get infected after 8pm. Crowded supermarkets before 8pm are safe.

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Not sure why they’re closing public parks and outdoor exercise locations. If you can maintain social distancing of 2 meters then the outdoors should be safe.

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    And what is the alternative?

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    When are they going to roll out the vaccines ???????

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    @Billibob – have you been on the MRT or BTS this week. It’s empty. No one is travelling.

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    Futina Granulatis

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    @Ben – Sirikit Park is full of people exercising/running around without masks. It’s quite dangerous.

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    Leo Z

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Limiting the hours of almost all of these places actually creates more opportunities for the spread of virus, as people congregate more within a more limited time frame. For example, convenience stores. If you close them at 10 pm that means people will rush to buy their necessities at 9-10 pm, creating a crowd. What they should be doing instead is limiting the number of people inside the stores at any given point in time. The rest can wait in a distanced line outside. Of course that requires….organization.

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    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    @BangkokNightOwl – When they can get their hands on supplies of the vaccine. The world and its dog are all wanting it now, and supplies are scarce. Smart countries ordered theirs a long time ago, Thailand decided to wait and see which was the best, unfortunately, it turned out to be a very bad decision, the good ones have been pre sold, and they are now paying the price.Still Sinovac and Sputnic 5 seem to be available for the brave

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    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Rasputin, as it turns out, Sinovac and Sputnic 5 are probably the safest. I’m not so sure about the Chinese but the Russian one at least has been officially approved and I believe has a good track record (don’t quote me on that)unlike the likes of Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZenica which are still at phase 3 of ongoing experimental trials which you volunteer to be a part of as soon as you get a shot from them. One notices the news networks don’t seem to be reminding people of that fact for some reason.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    I think by now many Thais will just give up on Bangkok, sell up and go back to the provinces.
    There is no end to the restrictions, and the tourists will not be back for a long time.
    Why stay?

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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12:06 am

    @Silbers – 47 MILLION doses of c19 vaccines have been administered in the UK, the vast majority of which were the AZ variety followed by the American Pfizer variety. In late January this year the UK was reporting weekly average of 1239 deaths per DAY. Now move forward to late April this year and we are currently reporting JUST 23 deaths per DAY which represents the spectacular success of the vaccine programs rollout as achieved in only 3 MONTHS. Another interesting fact is NO deaths from covid have been reported in anyone who has been given the AZ vaccine. Thats a fact the news networks don’t seem to be reminding people of some (political) reason. Would I take the Chinese sinovac or the Russian sputnik vaccine? ABSOLUTELY NOT! neither country seems capable of telling the truth about anything.

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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