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UPDATE: Thai PM orders closure of bars and clubs in 41 provinces

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UPDATE: The order to close bars and nightlife venues in 41 provinces will go into effect at midnight, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced this afternoon. Under emergency measures, the local governments in the other 36 provinces have the power to set restrictions and close venues if needed to control the Covid-19 situation.

Original story…

The order to close nightlife venues across Thailand is on the table and ready for PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to sign. The order requires bars in 41 of Thailand’s 77 provinces to close for at least 2 weeks (list below).

The new order doesn’t cover traditional Thai massage spas.

Numerous clusters of Covid-19 infections have been reported at entertainment venues, primarily in Bangkok’s trendy Thong Lor area. Health officials suspect the outbreak is the faster-spreading UK variant (B117) of the virus. To combat the spread of the more contagious strain of the virus, health officials are implementing what they call “target therapy,” according to the spokesperson for the CCSA Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin.

When asked if the proposals to reopen Phuket to foreign tourists without quarantine in July will be affected by the new cluster, the CCSA spokesperson said only that the “issue may be discussed again by the CCSA and the cabinet”.

The Thai PM had already ordered the closure of specific entertainment venues and restaurants where Covid-19 infections were reported.

“The measure has been effective since April 5 in a bid to prevent Covid-19 from spreading further after a new outbreak linked to entertainment venues such as pubs, bars and karaoke parlours… If an infection is found at any of these businesses, it will be shut down for at least 2 weeks. In case infections are found across many businesses in the same area, they will all be shut for at least 14 days.”

Phuket authorities already ordered all nightlife venues on the island to close for the next 10 days, a move sure to hit businesses hard as bar and club owners expected an influx of customers next week for Songkran.Tje latest order, to close for 14 days. will likely supercede the earlier announcement.

The 41 provinces facing the closure on nightlife venues include:

Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Buri Ram, Chachoengsao, Chaiyaphum, Chanthaburi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chon Buri (including Pattaya), Chumphon, Kanchanaburi, Khon Kaen, Lampang, Loei, Lop Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pathum Thani, Phetchabun, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Prachin Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan (including Hua Hin), Ratchaburi, Ranong, Rayong, Sa Kaeo, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkram, Saraburi, Songkhla Suphan Buri, Surat Thani (including Samui and Pha Ngan), Tak, Udon Thani, Yala

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Nation Thailand


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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    we all know the magic virus which has only gotten 1 person every 8 days since its beginning (discounting for those that actually died because of multiple other co-morbidities), well it loves alcohol, late hours, and fun loving people.

    it’s obvious because that’s what the ‘entertainment scene is all about’. SO. stay home, hide, have no fun, abstain from drinking alcohol, and get to bed before 8pm. you’ll then be safe. that’s what the ccsa gestapo is saying isn’t it?

    thai people don’t care, just go along with the flow and if you loose your job, your income is lost or reduced, or your business goes under, at least you weren’t one of the 0.00013% who died. apparently thai people can’t do math either. do you think they can understand sarcasm?

    • Thaiger


      Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      Your sarcasm is average, your maths are poor.

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    Jake Pattaya

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    One for the road guys!

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    James R

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    There is no UK variant of the virus, it is a virus from South Africa, it was first detected medically in the UK as the country has the advanced equipment but it did not originate from here.

    I will say again, I can really not understand why the numbers of cases in Thailand are not higher, any other country which allowed its people to mix so freely in bars, restaurants and shops have numbers of virus cases growing at an exponential rate but for some reason not in Thailand, that is impossible as you only need one person in a large crowd to start it all again.

    Yes we have had a lot of cases in the UK, that is because any one of us can order a test online and go to the test station within two hours so we are actually recording all cases, treatment is immediate too.

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    Roger Bruce

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Good Stuff PM

    Then to open again will have to pay hehehehe

    Good Luck Thailand

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    If you live here like I do, you can not complain what an amazing job the government is doing to contain the virus. This is the 3rd outbreak and they defeated the first 2. Their track and trace is working and even though the numbers are high it will come down.
    Love or hate the government, they are on top of this.

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Guys there us more then bars in Thailand..omg

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    James, Thailand *originally* locked down tight and fast – responding much faster than the UK has done throughout this whole thing. In the UK, they basically waited until the virus was out of control before locking down. **That** is how Thailand has done quite well up till now. ** However ** this success might not last much longer: the UK has only been able to bring numbers down again by locking down for a third time. Also, I have to correct you regarding the notion that the UK variant did not emerge from the UK – no one knows where it came from (you are of course right that it was discovered first in the UK, which is why it has that name. There is a South Africa variant as well, which is a yet another mutation).

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    I don’t get the constant complaints about bars being closed. Do you not have a life outside of alcohol and going to a bar? There’s a million other things you can do with your time.

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    “will all be shut for at least 14 days.” – If history has taught us anything, it’s unlikely this shut down will blow right past that 14 day number. Wonder what those 13 Germans who flew into Phuket on Saturday are thinking.

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    James R the reason it is so low in Thailand is because there were so few cases to start with, this idea that one infected person in an aircraft or a nightclub is going to give it to everyone else in there is simply not true, as you know the UK has had a lot of cases but in well over a year 94% of the population haven’t caught Covid, now with the vaccine we are almost at herd immunity.

    The global vaccine rollout has been terrible but that is about to change as billions of vaccines become available, in USA now anyone of any age can simply walk in and get one.

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    Edy F.

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 1:30 am

    Big bullshit again.. there is only flu in Thailand, not any covid virus. Do you know why ? Because viruses don’t exist. It’s only a big hoax. And it is based on PCR tests which cannot detect any virus, only some genetic material. And they call it a case. You are not sick but you are a case. And they do this because they want people to get the false and really dangerous vaccines. Everything is fake !

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    David Mann

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 2:53 am

    I’ll send you a new tin foil hat Edy F. Either that or get some help as soon as possible. Imbecile.

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Edy F – you need edifying, but, it takes all sorts, I suppose.

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:04 am

    Taken from the Bangkok post website’s front page:
    Deaths from CV in LoS: 95
    Number of infections: 30,310
    Now, I went to University for Journalism, which basically means I’m allergic to math, but please correct me of I’m wrong…
    95/30,310 = .003% chance of dying from this virus.

    I personally know of three people, one was close to me, who committed suicide because they lost everything they worked so hard for their entire lives from these insane planetary-wide restrictions. Open everything! Let those who are afraid cower in a room somewhere and stop pumping out the constant fear mongering.

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Edy, Edy, Edy…are you off your medication again?

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 8:27 am

    “there is only flu in Thailand” “Do you know why ? Because viruses don’t exist”

    Strange, I thought influenza was a virus…

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 9:40 am

    It’s beginning to look a bit messy. Good timing for Songkran.

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    J West

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Agree with you Sue. Thai has managed better than most. Like it or not the virus is a reality and the global slaughter is awesome, in the worst sense of the word. In Canada, with a government of famously stunning incompetence, 35,000 people are dead and PM Trudeau has jammed the gates open for Covid to flood in and flourish for political reasons of UN origin.

    CDC ( Center of Disease Control) just called Canada a Level 4 ( highest) danger zone…on par with Afghanistan. Based on the fact that the Liberal Party of Canada is number 59 in vaccine distribution. So, Thailand really has managed better than many so called developed countries and we who live here ( and don’t want to come for a sex holiday) should be thankful for that. Bored and Sober is better than Dead and Buried.

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    toby andrews

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Thai has managed better than most?
    They have not even vaccinated one percent!!
    The UK has vaccinated 40.5 percent of the population, 60 percent of the adult population and on Monday everywhere is open,

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Strange how J West is so obsessed with sex, he can’t write a thing without mentioning it.

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    A map would be nice.

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    James R

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Sue and J West

    True, Thailand locked down quickly and had few cases early on.

    So other counties locked down later and because of that the number of cases dropped dramatically to a point where they opened again like Thailand, but then cases grew exponentially so they had to lock down again, in some countries this has happened three times.

    So I repeat, Thailand can not have just a few cases and then open up without themselves having an exponential growth in the number of cases, it is not logical.

    Hardly any testing, hardly any vaccine role out, what is wrong is the numbers reported to the press, I only know of the large number of cases we had previously in the UK from the news, I did not physically go to hospitals as we are not allowed, so Thai people are told of the number of cases from the press, which must be false numbers due to what I wrote above.

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    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Most people from the UK are simply addicted to alcohol and bars to escape from their miserable life and marriage.
    It’s the only thing that keeps their world view in tact. If you take this one thing away from them they end up kiself or have serious mental issues. That is why they cover the balconies of AQU hotels. Brits are known to jump balconies once they can’t annoy anyone with their drunk ww2 stories.

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 4:22 am

    J. West and Susan you ain’t got a clue covid never left Thailand it was just compressed live in a bubble with issan john wake up and come outa your wood huts lol

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    James R

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 9:06 pm


    Most people from the UK do not have any WW2 stories to tell as they were not alive at the time. To them it is a part of history.

    Most people here do not go to bars, that can be seen by the fact forty bars a week close down here and that is during the last ten years, well before the virus days.

    Most people from the UK have not and will never go to Thailand as there are 199 other countries to choose from, many much closer.

    Most Brits do not have balconies as most of them live in houses not apartments.

    You sound like you are mentally ill.

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    mike oxbig

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Phony pcr tests run at forty cycles delivers phony case numbers, phony death numbers, and phony hospital numbers. That is a scientific fact and all the goofballs saying ‘get off your meds’ and such are just complete morons.
    Why back this hoax? What is the purpose? Do you just like seeing people die from all the ‘mitigation tactics’?
    People are gullible and stupid and wrapped in a lunatic philosophy.

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