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Closure order in Bangkok set until May 31, restaurants can now offer dine-in services

Tanutam Thawan



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To control the spread of Covid-19 in Bangkok, where more than 28,000 people have tested positive for the virus in the latest wave of infections, the closure order in the capital has been extended a second time, now set to be in place until May 31.

While many entertainment and recreation businesses and venues are ordered to remain closed, some restrictions have been relaxed. Restaurants can now offer dine-in services, but only until 9pm. Restaurants can still offer takeaway services until 11pm.

Businesses and venues that must remain closed include…

  • Educational places including schools and tutoring centres
  • Entertainment venues including pubs, bars, karaoke venues and nightclubs
  • Massage parlours and spas
  • Recreation and amusement businesses and places including cinemas, theatres, water parks, amusement parks, playgrounds, zoos, skating rinks, billiard halls, bowling alleys, arcades, internet cafes, public parks, gardens
  • Fitness and sport venues and businesses including public swimming pools, gyms, boxing stadiums, dance studios, golf courses
  • Care centres such as nurseries, childhood development centres and elderly care centres (with the exception of overnight stays.)
  • Museums and public libraries

Other restrictions include…

  • Shopping centres can remain open until 9pm.
  • Convenience stores and other 24-hour shops must be closed from 11pm to 4am.
  • Events over 20 people must have permission from the government with a disease control plan.
  • Face masks are mandatory in public places. Violators face a 20,000 baht fine.



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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Closed, but not locked down.

    I see.

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    dee lee

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    As long as they keep bars, clubs and such closed they will eventually control the chinese virus

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    Marco Cassina

    Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Bangkok has to do something about the packed buses. I know people need to get to work, but buses with every seat filled driving around town are the perfect place to spread the virus. Many of the other restrictions like closing pools and outdoor sport venues don’t seem to be based on any data.

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