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BREAKING: Covid Provincial restriction update – latest from the CCSA



The CCSA has announced its updated restrictions for the 18 ‘red zone’ provinces this afternoon. The new measures start on Sunday, April 18, and will be in place for at least 2 weeks. The restrictions are basically as we published earlier today. There are no ‘lockdowns’ or curfews despite a popular blogger jumping the gun and posting that there were curfews announced.

There’s also no specific travel restrictions imposed although the PM ‘discouraged’ travel to Red Zone provinces. Provincial governors are still able to add their own local restrictions if they deem necessary.

Here are the key points as announced by the CCSA late this afternoon…

Across all provinces…

• Closures of schools, all nightlife venues, pubs and clubs, karaoke bars and massage parlours

(except for international schools running exams)

• No events can have more than 50 people

Provincial red zones (listed below)…

• Dining-in allowed until 9pm (but can do takeaway until 11pm)

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres and fitness centres to be closed by 9pm

(Sporting fields, exercise places, gyms and fitness clubs must close at 9pm)

• Convenience stores, markets, supermarkets must be closed by 11pm

Everywhere else…

• Dining-in allowed until 11pm

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres to be closed by 9pm

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

The Red Zone provinces are, in no apparent order…

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

Earlier today Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul said that the government is “confident it can overcome the current Covid-19 crisis without needing to impose a nationwide lockdown”.

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  1. Steve369.

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    It’s a pity that it’s so difficult to find province by province entry requirements.

  2. Ian

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Government confident what a joke they are ,do they think covid go to sleep after 9pm it thier all the time so all day people can mix and catch covid then 9pm they can’t ,crazy crazy government

  3. Terry

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Not much clarification on hotel restaurants and hotel bars, do they have to follow the 9pm closure of restaurants and not able to serve booze?

    I know some hotel restaurants and hotel bars here in Phuket i will still be carrying on with their regular operating times and selling of booze after Sundays deadline when all the new restrictions come into place as there is nothing that has been mentioned about hotel facilities.

  4. P jones

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    No logic at all
    As a friend once said don’t look for logic where none exists.
    You cannot have drink with your meal in a restaurant.
    But can buy loads of alcohol and have party with friends at home.
    Beggars belief.

  5. James R

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    So basically carry on mixing in millions in shopping centres and restaurants etc but just close them a little earlier and no alcohol.

    So the exponential growth in virus cases will carry on then.

    I wonder how many have to die before they really do introduce a real lockdown in order to beat the virus.

  6. Frank

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Keep up with the lockdowns. After all, they worked so well in Europe and America didn’t they!

  7. David Mann

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 1:31 am

    @Frank. Yes they did work and continue to work incredibly well in Europe and the US. The high levels of infections in Europe and the US occurred when lockdown restrictions were eased. In the U.K. cases have fallen from 60,000 a day to around 500 because of lockdown. The other reason cases are high in those places is the sheer amount of testing done. Typically 400,000-600,000 per DAY! Not 5,000 to 10,000 like in some places.

    Lockdowns work and have been demonstrated to work time and again.

  8. Frank

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 6:57 am

    No, they don’t David. Maybe temporarily, but as soon as you end the lockdown, cases go right back up again don’t they? You just buy a little extra time but at a tremendous economic and social cost. Florida had similar outcomes to California even though Florida didn’t lock down much and California did

  9. Jay D

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 6:59 am

    David, Lockdowns are for tyrannical governments only. They only buy a little time (at a tremendous financial and social cost), and then the virus comes back even stronger.

  10. David

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Thai friends,Thailand is my second home, but as I warned you last week you will have more than 100 thousand infections without realizing it. My free advice today is: sell your condos or apartaments as soon as possible, this health crisis will last at least 3 seasons.

  11. Amy Sukwan

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Lockdowns don’t work. People in support of them play statistical Kabuki theater, pointing to this case or that case where cherry picked numbers make the best case for them. They also completely ignore the extreme hardship such measures place on people. When you look at big picture numbers comparing neighboring countries or US states, say, apples to apples comparisons, all you see is a bunch of nonsense. Viruses are going to virus. The only clear correlation I can see is a spike in Covid deaths right after rollout of vaccines

  12. Maverick

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:43 am

    At what point will an investigation take place to establish how the virus (seemingly the variant discovered in the UK) got into Thailand, and then into Bangkok. Suggestion is it came from Cambodia where they are struggling to control this variant, corrupt officials presumably who are now responsible for more devastation of business’s and livelihoods. This demonstrates that lockdowns only provide a temporary respite, especially with porous borders, in the meantime families remain separated and tourist dependent businesses continue to food. A national disgrace.

  13. David Mann

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    @Frank/@David. My point was to clarify only one thing. Lockdowns do work in getting the virus under control and driving numbers back down. It ensures that a key parameter of hospitalizations don’t outpace hospital beds. It also allows time for contact tracers to clear backlogs. Essentially they are only good at one thing- Bringing infections down. As you rightly say, it will increase again, unless you use the lockdown time to vaccinate people, educate people and introduce new laws to control the virus.

    I think we can all see that there are only two options that fully work in EITHER saving life’s OR saving livelihoods. Either fully lockdown and destroy the economy. Or you open up fully and accept 0.5-1% of the population will die (mainly the old and people with Chronic disease). You also run the risk of higher a mutation rate if you let it rip. More infections means more probability of mutations. These mutations could mean higher death rates? Everything in between these two extremes is up for debate. Some people will lose out financially and some people will lose their loved ones. It is an impossible task for anyone to get right as there are no right or wrong answers.

    Only vaccinations can get the world out of this mess. A country’s vaccination strategy; which is a far more deterministic strategy, is critical and we can all see the countries that have that strategy right and wrong.

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