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Go out and grab a beer this weekend… but at a restaurant. Bars in “red zones” are still closed. Restaurants will be able to go back to serving alcohol and can offer dine-in services until 11pm. The restrictions on restaurants, put in place to limit gathering to potentially prevent the spread of Covid-19, are being eased in all provinces except for Samut Sakhon, the epicentre of the new wave of infections. The ease on restrictions are set to be approved by a panel chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha tomorrow.

While restaurants will be able to serve alcohol and host music performances, dancing is prohibited in provinces classified as “red zones” and “orange zones.” Restaurants must arrange place tables and chairs to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Bars, pubs and karaoke venues in “red zones,” which include Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani, must remain closed.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s subcommittee on disease control restrictions agreed to adjust the measures in all provinces except Samut Sakhon where Covid-19 cases are still on the rise and health officials are rolling out a mass testing campaign.

Boxing matches will be allowed in “orange” and “red” zones, but without spectators. Meetings and seminars will be allowed, but with a limit of 100 attendees in “orange” and “red” zones. “Yellow” and “green” zones can have up to 300 attendees at conferences and boxing matches will be allowed to have limited spectators.

Public schools in Thailand, with the exception of Samut Sakhon, are allowed to reopen.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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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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