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Phuket adds ‘soft’ curfew but sets up checkpoints to enforce

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Phuket is now added to the list of provinces in Thailand that have introduced “soft” curfews – strongly worded requests for residents to stay home during specific hours.

Phuket residents are being asked to stay at home between 10pm and 4am daily. The announcement is now in force. Checkpoints are being set up to advise and warn people who don’t cooperate.

Soft or not, it’s a curfew, albeit requested politely. The Thai government has gone out of its way to introduce restrictions to control crowds and the spread of Covid-19 without using the words ‘lockdown’ or ‘curfew’.

Phuket now has a total of 463 people infected with Covid since the start of April.

The wording in an English posting from the Provincial offices reads…

The Province of Phuket has kindly asked and sought each and everyone, both Thai and International Nationals’, collaboration to remain inside their residence from 22.00 to 0400 hours… until otherwise announced.

Here’s a list of other provinces and similar ‘soft’ curfews.

Central Thailand
Chai Nat: 11pm – 4am
Nakhon Pathom: 11pm – 4am
Nakhon Nayok: 11pm – 4am
Nonthaburi: 9pm – 4am
Pathum Thani: 9pm – 4am
Phetchaburi: 11pm – 4am
Samut Prakan: 9pm – 4am
Samut Sakhon: 11pm – 4am

Northern Thailand
Phrae: 11pm – 3am

North-East Thailand
Bueng Kan: 11pm – 4am

Southern Thailand
Ranong: 10pm – 4am
Songkhla: 10pm – 4am
Surat Thani: 10pm – 4am
Trang: 10pm – 3am
Yala: 10pm – 4am

 

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