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Sat May 16, 2020 3:11 pm
I'm surprised to hear drug stores are currently closed. Surely these are essential services ?
I don't know what they mean by drug stores. The only type of drug stores I'm aware of would be pharmacies, and they all are, and have been, open. They were never closed. Maybe something was lost in translation.

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CAAT just extended ban on passenger flight arrivals until end of June.

https://thepattayanews.com/2020/05/16/t ... d-of-june/


Thai Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand extends ban on International inbound travel to Thailand to end of June
By Adam Judd - Saturday, 16 May 2020, 18:56

he Thai Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, or CAAT announced this evening that they have extended a ban on international inbound travel to Thailand until at least the end of June.

This has very limited exceptions, such as repatriation of Thai nationals or supply and cargo. Foreigners, even those with work permits, family or elite visas, even willing to do state quarantines, will remain banned from entry.
Exceptions, including repatriated Thai nationals, will still be required to do a fourteen day mandatory state quarantine and show they are negative for Covid-19.

This means the earliest a foreigner could possibly enter the country would be July, if the order is not extended again. Even if not extended it is likely the order would require mandatory quarantines on arrival.

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Things to Know-Curfew extension by one hour, reopening of Malls, some gyms, public pools starts today

By Adam Judd

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Today, May 17, 2020, officially starts the second phase of loosening of restrictions and easing some business closures due to the Covid19 Coronavirus Situation in Thailand.

–The curfew now starts at 11:00 PM and ends at 4:00 AM. The previous start time was 10:00 PM.

-Shopping malls, department stores, outlet malls can legally reopen today from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Some individual malls operating times may be different please check with them.

-Most, if not all, entertainment style venues are not currently opening in this phase in or outside of malls. This includes internet cafes, arcades, cinemas, bars, clubs, karaoke lounges, massage shops, bowling alleys, fun parks, skating rinks, ice skating rinks, etc.

-Mall food courts and all mall restaurants can reopen. This doesn’t guarantee they will open, however they can. Alcohol can not be sold for dine in.

-Mall rules differ from mall to mall, but you may be expected to provide your Id card or passport to enter some shops or even the mall. We advise bringing a form of legal id, not a copy, with you just in case. The contact tracing phone app is not yet available in English so places may require this or to simply capture your name and contact phone number. This is to contact you in case they need to do so for tracing purposes in regards to any positive cases of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

-Mask wearing will certainly be required for stores and malls, please ensure you wear one.

-Public pools may reopen today, albeit with rules such as the requirement of a staff member to ensure social distancing and time limits on swimming and number of swimmers. They also cannot be used as a gathering area for socializing, lounging, parties, eating, drinking, etc, only for exercise.

-Condo pools are based on the decision of condo management if they wish to reopen. We have heard many have chosen not to do so, partially due to the requirement of having a staff member on duty or out of caution due to the rules on gatherings under the current emergency decree. We suggest to take up disputes with your condo management. They can be considered private or public based on condo management.

-Some Gyms may reopen today. These also have many rules, such as free weights only, no machine usage like bikes or treadmills, no classes, no boxing or martial arts, no group activities, etc. Fitness Centers in malls must remain closed. Primarily mostly small gyms centered around free weights only are opening. Many larger gyms and chains will wait until the majority of services are available.

Nearly all non essential stores, like office supplies, home improvement stores, electronic stores, etc. Can now open of all sizes.

Dentists can now open, although some have been open in Pattaya previously.

Pretty much every retail style shop such as clothing etc. Can open.

Remaining closed: Pretty much anything in entertainment as listed above (although some activities like golf and fishing parks have previously been open), bars and nightlife, hotels (province specific, closed in Chonburi until the end of the month, some provinces open), beaches, massage shops, gatherings and events, tattoo shops, facial beauty clinics, Buddha amulet shops, convention centers, seminars, schools, meeting halls, etc.

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Emergency Decree Extended, No New Virus Case Reported

ByKhaosod English

May 22, 2020

BANGKOK — The government on Friday decided to extend the emergency decree for another month through June, although no new cases of coronavirus were reported on the same day.

Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration, said the extension is necessary to allow the Prime Minister’s measures to be implemented promptly and in unison. He also said the global situation remains largely unstable.

“The world’s graph is increasing steeply, while Thailand’s graph almost reaches zero. If there’s no law to contain the situation, those skyrocketing figures may spill into our country,” Taweesin said. “If we want to proceed to Phase 3 or 4 [of business reopening] without the decree, what will happen?”

The spokesman did not elaborate on which measures will remain in effect for another month. A nighttime curfew and ban on large gatherings are currently in place under the Emergency Decree.

Opposition leaders were quick to criticize the extension, which they suspected PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to be exploiting for his political gain.

“The public is fully aware of the problem and have already adapted to the new norms. There is no reason to extend the decree further,” Move Forward Party general secretary Chaitawat Tulaton said. “The future of Thailand should be decided by the benefit of the majority, not for Gen. Prayut’s security.”

The number of new infections dropped below 10 over the past two weeks, while the total count of confirmed infections now stands at 3,037 cases.

Although the government previously said the vaccines for COVID-19 may be available next year, Taweesin said only a small batch of vaccines will likely be produced by that time. Mass production of the vaccines would then take two years.

As of Friday, 71 infected patients are being treated at hospitals, while 2,910 patients have recovered.

https://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics ... -reported/
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Shorter curfew likely, but emergency decree will be extended

22 May, 2020

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has backed a recommendation to extend use of the emergency decree for another month, but consideration is being given to shortening the night curfew as coronavirus infections continue to fall.

Easing the curfew was discussed at the full meeting of the CCSA on Friday, when extending the decree was the top item on the agenda.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, agreed on the need to extend use of the decree from the end of this month to the end of June.

The extension was necessary because the country was still battling to contain the spread of the virus and prevent new infections being brought in from abroad, Dr Taweesilp said.

The decree is the primary legal basis of the CCSA's campaign against the spread of the virus.

The cabinet will rubber stamp the extension of the decree at its meeting on Tuesday. The relaxation of curfew hours is in line with the step-by-step easing of the lockdown.

Chief of Defence Forces Gen Pornpipat Benyasiri raised the curfew issue on Friday, Dr Taweesilp said. It will be discussed in more detail next Friday, when top CCSA officials will consider allowing more kinds of businesses to reopen on June 1 - what he called “the third phase” of the easing process.

“There is a good chance that the CCSA will shorten curfew hours. The duration of the curfew hours and when and how it will be enforced will be discussed at the next meeting,” he said.

Relaxing the curfew would depend on public cooperation with virus-control measures - including no social gatherings and people keeping a safe distance, he said.

Dr Taweesilp would not say what types of businesses may be allowed to resume next month.

The CCSA shortened the night curfew from 10pm-4am to 11pm-4am from last Sunday, when shopping centres and some businesses were allowed to reopen.

Thailand reported no new virus cases or fatalities on Friday.

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I repeat my opinion - I am in full favor of what Thailand is doing to stem the Covid-19 virus. Considering the very few cases and deaths compared to so many other countries, I have no problem at all cooperating with everything we have been asked to do - and not do. I have zero sympathy for the complainers. There is a curfew, so obey it. Where is anybody going to go during curfew hours anyway since the entertainment venues and bars are all closed? Someone needs to convince me what is so important about going out drinking. Someone is going to need to convince me what is so terrible about wearing a face mask in public. Someone is going to have to convince me that having parties and gatherings is more important than protecting one's self from the virus and potentially spreading it to others.

Sorry, but the way I see it, if someone really needs to drink, then buy a bottle of booze and drink at home. If someone is not willing to wear a face mask in public, then don't go out in public.

People caught intentionally violating the rules without a valid reason face very harsh penalties, especially farang. Two farang were caught last night out during curfew and drinking at a venue that was illegally open. Now they face heavy fines, possible jail time, and the news articles I've seen about it say at the very least if they don't get jail time first, they will be deported as soon as possible and blacklisted from ever returning to Thailand. It is my understanding both men are, or now were, expats living in Thailand and had established a life here.

Since they were intentionally violating the most stringent rules, three guesses where they are likely being held - possibly without being granted bail. An "I'm sorry and I promise not to do it again" is not going to help them. I wonder if they think it was worth it.

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Government extends emergency despite opposition criticism

by Bloomberg News

May 26, 2020

The military-backed government has extended Thailand’s state of emergency for a second time, to the end of June, despite opposition calls to scrap it after novel coronavirus cases dwindled.

The step is needed to lower the risk of another wave of illness as a lockdown is eased, spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said Tuesday after the Cabinet backed the move. The emergency imposed late March gives Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha sweeping powers, including a ban on large gatherings that prevents anti-government protests of the kind seen before the virus hit.

The administration is loosening the lockdown in stages to restart the economy and reiterated the emergency is an apolitical tool to counter the pathogen. The opposition argues less strict legislation can manage the outbreak. It’s also raised the prospect of asking a court about the lawfulness of bills earmarking 1.9 trillion baht in stimulus to fight a recession.

“The latest extension is a consolidation of power, and an unnecessary use of power,” said Anusorn Iamsa-ard, a spokesman for Pheu Thai, the largest opposition party. Pheu Thai said it could ask the Constitutional Court to assess the validity of the stimulus legislation if a debate in parliament from Wednesday fails to bring clarity.

The administration rolled out executive orders under the emergency for the stimulus programme, which includes 1 trillion baht of borrowing by the government and another 900 billion baht of steps from the Bank of Thailand.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... -criticism
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Country under state of emergency until June 30

May 26, 2020

The Cabinet resolved on Tuesday (May 26) to extend the state of emergency until the end of June, while Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin explained that the decree had been enforced in the first place because it allowed more than 40 laws to be tied together to allow for quick enforcement.

He said this helped the government tackle the crisis more efficiently.

Last week, government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat had indicated that the National Security Council wanted to extend the decree because it would help save people’s lives. She also dismissed as illogical claims that the state of emergency was being extended so the prime minister could tighten his hold on power.

Meanwhile, non-profit organisation iLaw said the government could use a law that is less severe to impose controls on businesses, travel and public health.

For instance, it said, the government could enforce the Contagious Disease Control Act to stop people from gathering outside their homes as well as close high-risk venues, as the act is more flexible than the Emergency Decree.

The agency also pointed out that Covid-19 cases had only been found in 10 provinces over the past 20 days, and there were less than 100 patients being treated in hospital. Hence, extending the state of emergency was illogical, iLaw said.

Meanwhile, the panel chaired by National Security Council secretary-general General Somsak Rungsita will on Wednesday meet to discuss the third phase of easing lockdown measures as well as whether the curfew hours should be cut to midnight to 4am. The third phase of easing measures is expected to kick in from June 1.

The meeting’s resolution will be proposed to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday (May 29) and guidelines for businesses and activities under the third phase will be announced on Saturday.

Separately, the Asian Development Bank has said the global economy could suffer between US$5.8 trillion and $8.8 trillion (Bt186.24 trillion and Bt282.57 trillion) in losses, equivalent to 6.4 to 9.7 per cent of the global GDP, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Thailand, the Gross Domestic Product in the first quarter dropped by 1.8 per cent, compared to a rise of 1.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2019, due to a drop in exports, private and public investments and the government’s final consumption expenditure.

The contraction in the first quarter was largely due to the Covid-19 fallout, said Thosaporn Sirisumphand, secretary-general of the Economic and Social Development Council.

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388531
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Thai Cabinet officially extends emergency decree for another month until end of June

By Adam Judd

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

The Thai Cabinet has officially green lighted the proposal from the National Security Council and the CCSA to extend the current emergency decree to control the Covid-19 Coronavirus until the end of June this afternoon.

The Cabinet did not take up the issue of extending or changing the curfew this morning and stated that decisions on any changes in the curfew hours would come after meetings scheduled later this week about further potential loosening of rules and restrictions to re-open businesses.

A meeting is scheduled Wednesday with a special committee tasked to determine what rules to loosen and businesses to reopen. These suggestions will be passed on to the CCSA, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, who will make final decisions and announcements. That announcement is expected Friday, May 29.

Once these announcements are made further information on what rules and national direction the decree will have will also be released, including curfew.

https://thepattayanews.com/2020/05/26/t ... d-of-june/

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Phase Three of loosening restrictions in Thailand likely based around domestic travel, says Thai Government

By Adam Judd

27 May 2020

A representative of a special committee specifically brought together to determine what businesses and rules will be loosened as Thailand slowly comes out of a nationwide lockdown spoke to the Associated Thai press this afternoon on what this mornings meeting was about.

General Somsak Roongsita said this afternoon to the Thai press that final decisions on what businesses and places will be reopened will come Friday after the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration has reviewed the suggestions of the committee meeting today.

The committee includes business leaders, doctors, Ministry of Health officials and multiple politicians, The Pattaya News notes.

General Somsak did state however that restarting domestic tourism and allowing and encouraging domestic travel was a key likely proponent of the third phase, out of four scheduled phases, of loosening restrictions.

This has been seen already as some provinces, like Hua Hin, re-open beaches and the state owned transport company restarts bus service, albeit with social distancing, across the nation.

However, General Somsak noted that provincial governor’s can choose to strengthen measures or even implement quarantines still if they wish. The province of Nan has already said they will not be opening to domestic tourism at this time and will be requiring quarantines and discouraging tourism.

Chonburi has not made a decision, although is expected to do so this weekend. Chonburi has had zero new confirmed cases of the Covid-19 Coronavirus in over thirty days.

General Somsak also stated that no final decisions were made on amusement parks, water parks, or other entertainment style venues yet and would be examined by Thai Public Health officials partnered with the CCSA before Friday.

Many major tourist attractions, including Chonburi’s own Nong Nooch Gardens, have announced reopening. The Grand Palace and several prominent temples in Bangkok also plan to reopen in June, primarily geared to domestic tourism.

Chonburi is also expected to make a decision on beaches this weekend as well, with the Bangsaen area Mayor of Saensuk already stating that if the Chonburi Governor allows he will reopen his beaches.

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From reading this article I am not certain that it means the bars can reopen in July. Perhaps they can reopen, but I think restrictions within the bars will be imposed. Of course, the only aspect that seems obvious to me will be the bars will have to comply with face mask and social distancing rules. Whatever else may be imposed remains to be seen.

As many of you know, a lot of the boys returned to the rice farm. If the bars open, there is no way to know yet how many will come back or can even afford to come back. Bus fares are much higher now because of the social distancing requirements. They would also have to pay their room rent a month in advance plus security unless they can make some sort of arrangement with the apartment management.

Also, if they are paid the same way they had been paid in the past, they will have to work until the end of the month before they see any money, which means until then they probably have to pay their own food costs, laundry, personal items, etc. Then they also have to worry if they will be paid at all. If the bar in which they work does not succeed, it is possible there won't be money enough to pay them. If that happens, it wouldn't be the first time.

If those circumstances are correct, the question is - if the bars reopen, especially the go-go bars, will they be able to find enough boys? Can boys who had been working in the bars even afford to come back?

I have no idea what the bars plan to do to attract the boys to work in them. We can only hope the bars will be able to recruit enough boys to attract customers.

Regarding lifting the international travel restriction, will the airlines start flying to Thailand any time soon? Thai Airways has filed for bankruptcy, so will they be flying internationally? We don't know yet. I am guessing because of social distancing, ticket prices will certainly increase. And I doubt Thailand will permit passengers to just walk off the airplanes and enter Thailand as before. I don't see anything in the article that says whether international travelers would arrive in Thailand only to find themselves quarantined for 14 days or whether there will be insurance requirements and what those requirements might be.

In my opinion, lifting these restrictions is certainly good, but there are still many unanswered questions.



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Govt eyes July 1 lockdown end

Complete reopening of country on table

29 May 2020

The government plans to completely lift the lockdown of all businesses and activities on July 1 across the country with preparations made in advance next month, the National Security Council (NSC) chief says.

This includes lifting inter-provincial travel restrictions as well as ending the emergency decree and curfew.

NSC secretary-general Gen Somsak Roongsita told the Bangkok Post yesterday lifting restrictions under the emergency decree would lead to a complete reopening of the country. Officials would next month prepare measures for the reopening.

"Authorities will have serious discussions because after the emergency decree ends, other laws will be used instead," he said.

"People's cooperation is important. This concerns the use of face masks, social distancing, hand washing and limiting activities. As long as the disease is spreading worldwide, we will have to fight against it for some time."

Gen Somsak said the executive decree on public administration in emergency situations, which was invoked on March 26 to deal with Covid-19, will end in June, and the ban on international travel would end at the same time it is lifted.

The 2005 Executive Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations empowers the government to impose a state of emergency for up to three months, which can later be extended.

The full reopening in July will come after the third phase of the relaxation takes place next month.

The government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will today finalise details on which businesses can resume -- and under what conditions -- under the third phase of relaxation next month.

On Wednesday, a committee evaluating the easing of lockdown measures did not reach a conclusion on opening high-risk activities such as boxing matches and massage outlets, said Mr Somsak, who chairs the committee.

For next month, Gen Somsak said curfew hours will be further shortened and more restrictions on inter-provincial travel will be lifted under the third phase.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin yesterday said more activities at shopping malls would resume and athletes' practising grounds would reopen.

Operators and customers will be required to use the "Thai Chana" mobile application for checking in and out of premises since the businesses allowed to reopen in this stage are moderate- to high-risk.

Meanwhile, Prasit Watanapa, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital of Mahidol University, yesterday warned that a second wave of Covid-19 is likely for Thailand.

"I believe a second wave will come ... I am concerned about whether infection numbers will be high or low. If it comes back with a small number of infections and we can manage to keep it down, that's okay.

"If those who are infected don't die, they will have immunity. If two-thirds of Thais are immune to the virus, the pandemic will go away," Dr Prasit said in a video clip broadcast on Mahidol Channel.

He also mentioned contributing factors to Thailand's success in controlling the spread of the virus, saying most people have realised the importance of practising social distancing, wearing face masks and regular hand washing.

He also praised the government, the Public Health Ministry and medical experts for working together to manage the outbreak, though he said that when it comes to proactive testing, Thailand has not fared well compared to neighbours like Singapore.

Addressing the lockdown easing, he said people will go out and about whenever restrictions are relaxed, which will put them at risk.

The only precautions for them are to wear face masks and wash their hands frequently, he said.

Dr Prasit said Thailand should learn the lesson from those countries like South Korea and Singapore which managed to control the Covid-19 outbreak, only to struggle with new surges in infections.

"Whether the second wave will be severe depends on the decision-makers in the government. They should not ease restrictions too early but do it gradually," said Dr Prasit.

Commenting on how long it will take for Thailand to return to normalcy, he estimated two years, adding a vaccine will likely not come out until March 2021 at the earliest.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1925868

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Look at the bright side. At least now some big Mongo won't be able to sit in front of you and block your view of the screen . . .
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At cinemas, no food or drinks and 3 seats apart

29 May 2020

Cinemas will have to place single or pairs of customers three seats apart, and they will not be allowed to eat or drink during the movie, when they reopen next week.

Cinemas are among a wide range of businesses and activities allowed to resume on Monday, when the government will further ease restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Panpimol Wipulakorn, director-general of the Health Department, said on Friday that adjacent seating would be limited at two people, and occupied seats must have three empty seats to the next occupied seats in the same row

Occupied seats in rows in front and behind will be positioned diagonally.

"This is to keep customers distant from each other, as they will be watching a movie for 2-3 hours," Dr Panpimol said.

While inside the theatre watching a movie, viewers will be prohibited from eating or drinking, and be required to always wear a face mask, she said.

"Otherwise, people might remove their masks to eat or drink. And they might touch their face, or spray droplets of saliva."

Food and beverages could be sold in cinema zones outside theatres, but sales and consumption will have to follow social distancing rules already imposed at restaurants.

Sanitisation of the premises will be compulsory after each screening. Health officials will check the cleanliness of airconditioning and ventilation systems at cinemas, Dr Panpimol said.

Customers must also be screened on entry, and use the Thai Chana QR phone scan when entering and leaving the cinema.

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Thailand announces Phase 3 of easing lock-down restrictions and rules, here is the complete list of changes

By Adam Judd

Friday, 29 May 2020

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Center, or CCSA, along with the Thai National Security Council, announced the third of four scheduled phases to take place effective from Monday, June 1st, in loosening rules and relaxing restrictions put in place originally to help control the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

The Pattaya News notes that individual provincial governors can choose to strengthen, but not loosen, the standards and rules announced. This means that some individual provinces may still choose to keep some activities closed depending on their respective situations. The Chonburi Government will release their orders, which so far have corresponded exactly with the guideline’s set by the CCSA in prior phases, likely later this weekend after a meeting by the Chonburi Communicable Disease Committee. The Pattaya News will provide a full update on this order when it is released.

The following items were presented at a press conference this afternoon and in material given to the associated Thai press later in the day. It is important to note that none of this is yet official until the final order is released in the Royal Gazette and, although spokesperson Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin of the CCSA stated the list is final, it is still subject to change. Some of the items on the list and restrictions and rules around the items are not completely clear and should become so in the final order. If you own one of these businesses please call the city call center at 1337 for further information.

Here, current and correct as of press time, are the current easing of restrictions scheduled to take effect from Monday, June 1st:

-Some classrooms and workplaces in educational institutions can be utilized for short term examinations, however no teaching or learning at this time.

-Malls may now stay open until 9:00 PM instead of 8:00 PM

-Exhibition Centers and Convention Centers may open, but only for a limited area of no more than 20,000 square meters. They may be open until 9:00 PM. Social distancing standards and crowd control must be followed.

-Buddha amulet shops may open, but must observe social distancing.

-Beauty Salons, barbers, hairdressers may dye and perm hair and provide more complex services but none may extend past a two hour time window. Patrons waiting for services cannot wait inside of the shop.

-Temples and Temple services (like the above mentioned amulet shops) are allowed but no mass gatherings and social distancing must be properly obeyed.

-Day care centers may open but are limited to only two hours. Learning centers, like preschool, for young children may open however multiple rules and regulations apply. This appears to be primarily for staff and allocation of lunches to the needy and children in local villages. More information on this should be in the final order when released.

-Beauty, Health and skin clinics may open, but some special rules and regulations apply, please check with the clinic.

-Tattoo/Piercings shops can open, although facial tattoos or piercings cannot be done.

-Massage establishments can open, along with spa and health establishments. No parlor or bathing style businesses can open (such as soapies). The actual standards have caused some confusion, with some graphics stating anything from the shoulders down but some text stating foot massage only. The Chonburi government said they would be releasing a detailed order around this later this weekend from the Provincial authorities. Facial massages are off limits at this time.

-Fitness and exercise venues may open, including fitness centers. No sauna or steam room to be used. Sports fields can also open for football, basketball, volleyball but no competitions or crowds. No more than 10 participants, not including the players. The initial information did not specifically go into depth about equipment, martial arts or classes this may be in the final order.

-Bowling alleys and skating rinks may open. No competition, classes or organized team sports.

-Dance institute and Dance education can open.

-Water activities like jetskis, windsurfing, banana boats, etc. can open

-Movie theaters and performing art theaters in general can open, however, no more than 200 people and no music or concerts.

-Zoos and animal related parks and attractions can open, with rules on social distancing and number of groups.

As noted above, Chonburi is expected to release a province specific order later this weekend which will clarify some of the items above as well as make these items official. All items need the final approval of the Chonburi Communicable Disease Committee. We suggest anyone who has questions or concerns to call the Pattaya City 24 hour contact center in English or Thai at 1337.

Additionally, there were announcements on the National Curfew today and a potential announcement on opening beaches, that also still needs final approval from the Chonburi Communicable Disease Committee.

Bars, Nightclubs, etc remain closed at least until Phase four, which based on the Covid-19 situation over the next two weeks would likely take place or or around June 15th. The CCSA also responded to a question from the press about alcohol in restaurants and stated that sales of alcohol will still be prohibited for dine in at this time, likely until bars and pubs are allowed to re-open.

This is a developing story and changes and updates may be made as information is released.

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Curfew hours will be 11:00pm-3:00am, beginning Monday, June 1.

Folks, let me know where you'll be going at 3:00am, willya?

For me, the only place I'll be going at that hour is back to bed after I wake up, finding myself having to pee . . .


"At my age 'going both ways' means doing Number 1 and Number 2 at the same time."
- Rodney Dangerfield

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