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Bangkok bars and nightclubs may soon reopen, CCSA announcement expected today

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Bangkok bars and other nightlife venues may soon reopen. An announcement by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on the easing of disease control restrictions is expected today, according to Thai media.

The Ministry of Public Health has proposed reclassifying Bangkok as well as the neighbouring provinces Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani, from “red” to “orange” zones. As an “orange controlled area,” bars and nightlife venues are likely to reopen and restaurants are likely to serve alcohol again.

Samut Sakhon, the epicentre of the new wave of coronavirus infections, is expected to remain a “dark red zone” under maximum and strict control. 19 other provinces are likely to be reclassified as “green zones.”

The Emergency Decree, which was put in place last year and extended numerous times to help combat the spread of the coronavirus, is set to expire next Monday and will likely be extended again. Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam says the decree is still needed to help contain the outbreak in Samut Sakhon and Pathum Thani.

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    dee lee

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Just one sick farang in a bar / club and in 3 days hundreds will be sick ; then what ?

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      Ted

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:40 am

      Oooh Thai’s doen’t drink alcohol and enjoy spending time with their friends over a drink or two? Good for Thai’s that C19 is so smart that only infects people from the ‘western hemisphere’.

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        Brian Harding Dunbar

        Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:04 pm

        There aren’t any bars left to open ffs!!! As any government official been down there lately to see what a ghost town Pattaya has become? And what would they open to?? There aren’t any tourists so there wouldn’t be any money made. Way too late!!

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          Don jones

          Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:59 pm

          Yeah what about the foreign pimps that run bars in soi 6 etc.Maybe they have a deal for the bar lease lol

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      Don jones

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:02 pm

      The foreign pimps that run bars in pattaya soi6 etc couldn’t care less about covid.

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        Andy W

        Monday, February 22, 2021 at 3:27 pm

        Odd that the previous outbreaks all seem to have occurred at Thai bars and nightclubs…

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      John M Felix

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      Ore one sick Thai person in a bar ore nightclub and in 3 days hundreds will be infected… works bothe ways.

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      Thomas Gotschalk

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 4:58 pm

      @Dee Lee Don’t worry my friend, only very few people actually get sick from Covid19, they merely become “infected” to become part of the statistics used, to change the behaviour of the population.

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    gigi

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:53 am

    It is a good news for tourism recovery. I have not have words!!!

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    Andy W

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    What are the odds of a cluster coming from a Thai nightclub Vs a Farang nightclub in Bangkok?
    I think it’s more likely at a Thai one myself, but time will tell.

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    Kevin Skinner

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Good news. Might stop Bangkokians travelling to Pattaya for a drink every weekend possibly bringing covid with them.

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    ThayPoonPoker

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Now those bargirls can do a lot of strange things for eurotrash change

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    lou

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Soon ???? Like the vaccines ???
    Meanwhile must be 10th or restaurants & bars closing forever with the respective collateral damages for staff & owners…

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    Ian

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Spread the love I mean covid 555
    It will be like a bar girls legs open then closed

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      joe molinario

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      the bars in Thailand are run by MAMASANS AND THE POLICE, NOT FOREIGNERS(I HATE the word “FARANG” spit out by low-life thais.
      There will never be a real foreign tourist/westerner in the land of the bloody grin RIP, there areNO bars open now least you drink your beer from a THERMO or paperbag

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      joe molinario

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      the bars in Thailand are run by MAMASANS AND THE POLICE, NOT FOREIGNERS(I HATE the word “FARANG” spit out by low-life thais.
      There will never be a real foreign tourist/westerner in the land of the bloody grin RIP, there areNO bars open now least you drink your beer from a THERMO or paperbag

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    joe molinario

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I live in a Rangsit/Pathumthani condo, catering to students/teacher from nearby universities and empoyees from Don Muang airport and RSU university. Out of 2500 aptm. only 250 are now occupied, Soon all universities wil be cosed permanently as thousens of students/teacher have perished of CORONA.

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    Barry Straz

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:13 am

    Let them be closed for a year at least, and see how they feel.555

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Thailand classified as a “not free” country in Freedom House report

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October protest at the Asok-Sukhumvit intersection in Bangkok / Photo by Caitlin Ashworth

On a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being absolute freedom, Thailand scores at 30, a “not free” country, according to the nonprofit Freedom House. Each year, the organisation reviews the political rights and civil liberties of countries around the world. According to their recent assessment, Thailand has declined in terms of rights and liberties, dropping on the scale from “partly free” to “not free.”

The main reason for the drop on the freedom scale, the organisation says, is “due to the dissolution of a popular opposition party that performed well in the 2019 elections, and the military-dominated government’s crackdown on youth-led protests calling for democratic reforms.”

The Future Forward Party was dissolved in February 2020 after the court found that the founder, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, had made a large donation to the party that exceeded the legal limit. The party’s leaders were then banned from politics for the next decade.

Youth-led protests started in February, but the demonstrations were put on pause due to Covid-19 restrictions banning large public gatherings. Protesters gathered in July as restrictions lifted, but some leaders then faced charges for holding a public gathering, which was still banned under emergency orders.

In October, the prime minister imposed what Freedom House calls a “severe” State of Emergency order in Bangkok that banned gatherings of more than 5 people. Some protesters were arrested for violating the order nearly immediately after it was imposed.

With activists pushing for monarchy reform and an end to the military’s involvement in government, raising subjects considered taboo and unprecedented in Thai society, the Thai government has increased its use of the draconian lèse majesté law. Since November, dozens of activists have faced charges for insulting or defaming the Thai Monarchy.

Freedom House scores countries on topics like the electoral process, questioning if politicians and leaders were elected in free and fair elections, as well as freedom of expression and individual rights.

Thailand’s military seized power in 2014 in a bloodless coup. The 2017 constitution was drafted by a committee appointed by the military’s National Council for Peace and Order. In 2019, the country transitioned to what Freedom House calls a “military-dominated, semi-elected” government.

The 2019 elections were overseen by the Election Commission of Thailand, whose members were appointed by the military. All 250 senators were appointed by the military in 2019 to serve 5 year terms.

In 2020, the combination of democratic deterioration and frustrations over the role of the monarchy provoked the country’s largest anti-government demonstrations in a decade. In response to these youth-led protests, the regime resorted to familiar authoritarian tactics, including arbitrary arrests, intimidation, lèse majesté charges, and harassment of activists. Freedom of the press is constrained, due process is not guaranteed, and there is impunity for crimes committed against activists.

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Riot police officer in Bangkok tests positive for Covid-19

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A riot police officer, who was deployed at the recent pro-democracy protests in Bangkok, has tested positive for Covid-19. His supervisor, chief of Wang Thonglang station Ekapop Tanprayoon, says the officer had visited Samut Sakhon, a coronavirus hotspot.

Riot police who worked closely with the infected officer, Somyot Nuamcharoen, are ordered to quarantine. The Wang Thonglang police station and any items the police officer handled are being disinfected, the chief says.

The officer had met up with friends during a visit to Samut Sakhon, just southwest of Bangkok. He travelled to the coastal province on February 18 and returned to Bangkok the next day.

On the 20th, he was deployed to a protest outside of parliament, just after returning from his trip to the “red zone” province. On Sunday, he deployed the protest outside the military barracks in Bangkok. The demonstration turned violent and numerous people were injured.

On Tuesday, his friend from Samut Sakhon tested positive for the virus. The infected officer was tested for Covid-19 that day and his result came back positive yesterday.

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“Sealed route” set at Bangkok airport for international transfers

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Thailand is now allowing international transits and transfers at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport by using a so-called “sealed route” arranged at the airport to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has now set guidelines for passengers who have a layover at the Bangkok airport.

Passengers will not be allowed to leave Concourse E. A “sealed route” for the passengers will be set up at Gate E10 and E9, allowing passengers to enter the airport at Gate E10, go through security screening and then either board the transit aircraft at Gate E9 or go on a designated shuttle bus directly to an aircraft.

Social distancing is required for all passengers in waiting areas and a face mask must be worn at all times. The CAAT says food and beverage services will be available at the airport’s “sealed route” waiting area, but there will be “active oversight” on the services. Areas will also be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Passengers must present required documents…

  • A fit-to-fly health certificate
  • Medical certificate declaring a negative Covid-19 result issued no more than 72 hours before departure
  • Travel health insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment expenses up to $100,000 USD

If demand increases, the airport will add Gates E5, E7 and E8 to the sealed route. If Concourse E is under maintenance, then Concourse F will be used under the same plan.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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