As the number of Covid-19 infections in Thailand continues to rise, a number of provinces have set what some call “soft curfews,” requesting that residents stay at home during late and early hours, unless travel is essential.
Earlier reports said some provinces have set curfews, but a spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said the times set by provincial governments are not curfews. Natapanu Nopakun, also the deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says they are requests from provinces asking for the “kind cooperation” of people to stay at home during late night and early morning hours.
“We have never announced a curfew.”
Recently, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha gave provincial governments the power to set local curfews as well as other disease control measures in an effort to prevent gathering and slow the spread of the coronavirus. The majority of Thailand’s 77 provinces have set orders requiring people to wear face masks while in public places. Violators face a fine of up to 20,000 baht.
The Thai government continues to promote the “DMHTT” precautions which include distancing (D), mask-wearing (M), handwashing (H), temperature check (T) and tracing through the Thai Chana application (T).
Provinces have requested
- Nonthaburi: 9pm to 4am
- Pathum Thani: 9pm to 4am
- Samut Prakan: 9pm to 4am
- Samut Sakhon: 10pm to 4am
- Nakhon Nayok: 11pm to 4am
- Chai Nat: 11pm to 4am
- Nakhon Pathom: 11pm to 4am
- Bueng Kan: 11pm to 4am
- Udon Ratchasima: 11pm to 4am
- Songkhla: 10pm to 4am
- Surat Thani: 10pm to 4am
- Trang: 10pm to 3am
- Yala: 10pm to 4am
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