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New Covid-19 zoning with tightened restrictions starts tomorrow

Tanutam Thawan

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Starting midnight Saturday, tightened disease control measures will take effect, including restrictions set nationwide as well as restrictions based on the recent colour-coded zoning by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The restrictions will be in place for at least 14 days.

Nationwide restrictions

Alcohol sales at restaurants will be prohibited nationwide in an effort to prevent gathering and slow the spread of the virus. Bars, as well as other nightlife and entertainment venues, will be closed. Schools and tutoring centres will also be closed.

Parties and large gatherings are banned, except for household and traditional gatherings and ceremonies like funerals.

Face masks will be required in public places in all provinces, although most provinces have already imposed local measures requiring the masks to be worn.

“Dark red” zones

Under the new zoning, 6 provinces are classified as “dark red” zones under the highest control to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Those provinces include Bangkok, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan.

  • Dine-in services at restaurants are prohibited in “dark red” zones. Restaurants and cafes can offer takeaway services until 9pm.
  • Convenience stores must be closed from 11pm to 4am.
  • Gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited.
  • Sports fields can stay open until 9pm, but no spectators are allowed.
  • Indoor fitness centres and gymnasiums must close.

“Red” zones

  • 45 provinces will be classified as “red” zones under maximum control.
  • Restaurants in “red” zones can offer dine-in services until 9pm and takeaway services until 11pm.
  • Convenience stores must be closed from 11pm to 4am.
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.
  • Sports fields can stay open until 9pm, but the number of people attending the sports events is limited.

“Orange” zones

  • 26 provinces will be classified as “orange” zones, or “controlled areas.”
  • Restaurants in “orange” zones can offer dine-in services until 11pm.
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.
  • Sports fields can stay open as usual, but the number of people at events is limited.

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    Jason

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    I could see this was coming. In fact I really hope it works to flatten the curb! I also hope Thailand steps up the procurement and distribution of vaccines! The sooner that vaccines are available and distributed, the sooner such measures will no longer be necessary.

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    Laurent Visser

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    It’s a scam, all this bullshit for a virus like the flu!

    • Thaiger

      Thaiger

      Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:33 am

      Thanks for your helpful and detailed comment

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    Frank

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Jason: You flatten the curve and then what? Cases will just go back up again when you open and you will have to close again. Better to keep everything except huge crowded events open and have people wear masks. That is the only sustainable solution.

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    Ben

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:08 am

    In Bangkok you can see people are more scared this time around. They had become complacent and the spark of people sneaking into the country plus Thong Lo lit the fuse.

    Once vaccines are distributed then it’ll become like the flu Laurent because it’ll be manageable. Now it’s novel, spreads without symptoms and kills 3-5 times more than the flu.

    The government has now set a target to get 70% vaccinated by year end. Although there are many skeptics I think it’s positive they’ve actually set an objective.

    2020 is a year of transition. Let’s hope 2021 is a year of recovery.

    PS Laurent – Thailand doesn’t want 130K deaths like the UK with a similar population size. To you that may be an acceptable tally to keep things moving. To many it’s not.

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    Rick

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:33 am

    @Ben – nope actually ACTUAL covid deaths are just as low as the flu. It is a scam.

    The majority of covid “deaths” are people who died and then tested positive regardless of what they died of.

    Get your facts straight 🐑

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