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No Covid-19 national curfew or lockdown yet for Thailand



FILE PHOTO: The empty streets of last year's lockdown will not return just yet.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that there will be no national curfew or lockdown in Thailand as of yet, despite a growing third wave of Covid-19. More than 10,000 people have been infected this month as clusters that started in Bangkok nightlife venues rapidly spread throughout the entire country.

PM Prayut yesterday called for calm from the public while saying that people need to remain vigilant in taking safety precautions against the virus. He worries that people will not follow social distancing protocols and avoid gatherings. On the bright side, mask-wearing is said to be around 90% compliance.

PM Prayut said that during the initial Covid-19 outbreak, extreme measures and lockdown were necessary, and pointed to global praise for the curbing of Covid-19’s first wave in Thailand. Acknowledging the pandemic safety restrictions damaged the economy and will affect low-income workers again now, PM Prayut said he was hurt to have to impost restrictions, but that Thai people should be proud of how well the country did originally and work again to comply with safety measures to bring the current outbreak under control.

While the current vaccine rollout plan includes 61 million jabs over the course of 2021, the government is still looking for ways to expand and accelerate vaccinations, perhaps by importing the Russian Sputnik-V or US Pfizer vaccine in the near future. In the meantime, while full lockdown was not ordered for Covid-19, new restrictions were enacted for the whole country and the provinces listed as red zones.

  • Across all provinces…
    • Closures of schools, all nightlife venues, pubs and clubs, karaoke bars and massage parlour (except for international schools running exams)
    • No events can have more than 50 people
    • Dining-in allowed until 11 pm
    • Serving of alcohol banned
    • Shopping centres to be closed by 9 pm
  • Provincial red zones…
    • Dining-in allowed until 9 pm (but can do takeaway until 11 pm)
    • Serving of alcohol banned
    • Shopping centres and fitness centres to be closed by 9 pm (Sporting fields, exercise places, gyms and fitness clubs must close at 9 pm)
    • Convenience stores, markets, supermarkets must be closed by 11 pm

Additionally, people are being discouraged from travelling to “Red Zone” provinces. Businesses are also being ‘asked’ to allow staff to work from home or introduce other measures to minimise the risk of infection at the workplace.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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  1. Ray

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    This reads as a deja vu. The situation and measures are comparable what we had about a year ago in the West. Unfortunately it did not stop the pandemic as we know. Thailand has thus far managed well because contrary to Western countries, they closed the borders. Now that the virus is spreading in the community there is no stopping it with half baked restrictions. The only difference with our situation one year ago is that vaccines are available. But not enough at this moment.

  2. toby andrews

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    P.M. Pratyut should keep quiet.
    Every time he speaks the Thai currency slips down a tenth of a baht.

  3. toby andrews

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    It is all very sad. All their work lost.
    For instance up above in the photograph, there goes a mugger looking for a victim, but alas . . .

  4. Jason

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Please keep the response local and extreme….national lockdowns only hurt those who are already struggling. “Ringfencing” is always the best solution. Lots of testing, isolation, contact tracing and isolation of close contacts. You can do it Thailand!!!!

  5. pascal

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    too many peoples you can not trust to do the right things, without strict directive from the authority i do not see how the situation will reverse. i did mention the today situation few times already in a past, i feel sad to have been right, i was expecting to return to Thailand around October, i really doubt this will be happening.i get a lot of friend there and my family in law, i m working with a guy from Bangladesh, his dad died from covid few months ago most of his family are infected, just because peoples did not believe and did not care …….lockdown isolation mass testing are the keys, most of scientist said vaccine won t be enough.

  6. LondonAl

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Ray this is not comparable to what happened in the west, for the simple reason that the leaders in the west were incompetent in dealing with it, none more so than those in the UK.

  7. Sanyo

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Stupid politicians at their best doing ridiculous things. It’s clearly proven by now no lock down works at all. The only measure that may change anything is to open up with economic activities while expediting vaccine administrations. Otherwise at this rate, the public will die from no income before COVID get them!

  8. Ray

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    @LondonAl: The measures taken are not completely comparable when we had these number of infections in the West. But the similarities are remarkable. Events up to 50 people were still allowed a year ago in many EU countries. Working from home was not yet requested. Shops and restaurants were still open. Only when we hit a second wave the measures got stronger and lockdowns became unavoidable. The Thai leaders are handling the pandemic better because they closed the borders. Also quarantine measures in the West were mainly requested self-quarantine without any control. The Thai do that differently. Still, I believe the number of infections at the moment in LOS asks for more stringent measures. Just look at what the Chinese and Vietnamese did by even lower number of infections. They know how to handle it but than again those societies are structured completely different.

  9. Richard King

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 3:24 am

    But here is the thing even with vaccination it does not at this time stop you catching or spreading the virus which means the current measures will still be used, And as such can any recovery happen anytime soon.
    The only thing that can change that is if there is a vaccine that provides 100% protection to stop it in it’s track for normal movement to happen.

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