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Curfew lifting and other easing regulations are coming soon

13 Jun 2020

There will be no night curfew from Monday, but tight restrictions under the emergency declaration will continue to be imposed especially upon entry into Thailand as Covid-19 is still present in other countries, a senior government spokesman stated on Friday. 

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman, said the curfew will be lifted on June 15 to encourage local people to fly, as no cases of local coronavirus infection have existed for some time now. 

Nevertheless, the emergency declaration remained in force and the government will retain restrictions on all access — by ground, water, and air — as all-new Covid-19 patients were citizens coming back from other nations, he added. 

The CCSA also agreed on other aspects of the fourth phase of business and other activity restrictions relaxation, effective from Monday, Dr. Taweesilp said. 

Global, cram, and informal schools will reopen, as will limited formal schools of no more than 120 students each. If there are more applicants, they would be expected to apply management plans, according to one report. 

Meetings and workshops, shows, conference and entertainment centers, along with galleries, may also restore operations, but social distancing must be practiced. 

Restaurants, shopping centers, and hotels will sell alcoholic drinks, but pubs, clubs, karaoke shops, and entertainment facilities must remain closed. 

Parlors selling Thai massage and saunas will be operated at the same moment, with only a small range of consumers permitted to access facilities. Soapy massage parlors will continue to be closed. Community exercise will restart in parks and other outdoor areas, with the involvement of up to 50 participants. 

Dr.

Taweesilp said domestic airlines can sell all seats on a flight as aircraft have strong ventilation systems and short flights are around an hour. Converting into infected requires at least two hours of coronavirus treatment, he added. Yet passengers on the airline must continue to wear masks. 

However, bus occupancy rates would be limited to 70 percent of seats due to longer bus trips and poor ventilation systems, he said. 

Water parks, playgrounds, and theme parks will reopen, except for ball pits and hard-to-disinfect inflatable playgrounds. Sports will resume again but without the spectators. Gaming arcades will reopen in malls. 

Source: Bangkok Post