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Bangkok Metropolitan Administration enacts restrictions and closure measures of most “high risk venues” at midnight tonight

By Adam Judd

1 January, 2021

Along with three districts entering highly controlled status that we reported on earlier today, Police Lieutenant Colonel Pongsakorn Khwanmuang of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced that Bangkok will take additional measures of closing and restricting high risk venues in overall Bangkok at Midnight tonight until further notice.

This also comes after an announcement on the closure of all schools until at least January 17th that are part of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

The enclosed venues include entertainment venues (like bars and nightclubs), water parks, amusement parks, playgrounds, children’s play equipment in markets, flea markets, snooker tables, arcade venues, game cafes, internet cafes, cockfighting grounds and other animal fighting grounds, nurseries and childcare, boxing stadiums, martial arts schools, gyms, horse racing, Wet massages (soapies), massage parlors, all sports stadiums, banquet and conference rooms, amulet and religious stores, preschools, child development centers, tattoo shops and acupuncture shops.

Department stores and malls will be allowed to stay open, for now, with strict control measures.

Restaurants will be discussed tomorrow with the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), who requested earlier today to restrict restaurant in high risk zones to take away only. The BMA has “concerns” with this request and the economic impact and will speak with the CCSA about it.

Nong Khaem, Bang Phlat and Bang Khun Thian districts are under a highly controlled status and will also have checkpoints in and around the area according to the BMA.

The BMA also said additional measurements may be implemented over the weekend to control Covid-19 overall.

https://thepattayanews.com/2021/01/01/b ... t-tonight/

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Bangkok declared ‘red zone’; shuts most businesses, schools

By Pattaya Mail

January 1, 2021

Bangkok on Friday took its next steps toward complete shutdown, closing schools, shutting all public venues, and placing even more restrictions on three districts declared “red zones”.

The moves came after Thailand reported another 279 coronavirus cases, the second-most since the second-wave outbreak began Dec. 17.

Under the order effective at midnight from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, amusement and water parks, playgrounds and children’s play equipment, game centers, snooker and billiard halls, amulet shops, horse- and motor-racing tracks, animal-fighting venues; tattoo parlors, childcare centers, daily elderly-care centers, martial arts schools, boxing rings, soapy massage parlors, banquet halls, flea markets, and gyms must close indefinitely.

Department stores are exempted from the order, provided they implement stricter virus control, and restaurants can remain open for the moment. However, the Public Health Ministry on Friday recommended restaurants offer takeout and delivery only in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Chonburi and Rayong.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Saturday will decide the matter. But CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin indicated Friday that the administration would not only shut down dine-in eating, but all entertainment venues in those six provinces where they haven’t already been closed.

The BMA today also closed all 437 schools and 292 child care centers under its jurisdiction until Jan. 17. The measure does not cover private schools.

City hall also designated Nong Khaem, Bang Phlat and Bang Khun Thian as “highly controlled areas” where district chief officers are empowered to suspend any activity deemed to be at risk of contributing to the spread of Covid-19.

While Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reiterated Thursday that there is no plan for a nationwide lockdown, provincial governors are authorized to shut down their regions. Samut Sakhon, Chonburi, Rayong and Bangkok already have done so.

Taweesin said infections only will increase over the next several weeks and advised other lower-risk provinces to monitor people coming from the aforementioned hot zones plus Chanthaburi Province.

Khon Kaen on Friday did just that, requiring self-quarantine for anyone arriving from high-risk areas for 14 days.

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Bangkok orders closure of 25 types of venues to curb Covid-19 outbreak

Jan 02, 2021

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang on Friday evening ordered the temporary closure of 25 types of venues in the province to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

The order, which was approved by the provincial communicable disease prevention committee, takes effect on Saturday until further notice, except for educational institutions, which were ordered to close until January 17.

The 25 places are:

1. Entertainment venues such as pubs, bars

2. Theme parks, water parks

3. Children’s playgrounds

4. Snooker halls

5. Game kiosks

6. Internet cafes

7. Cockfighting rings

8. Nurseries and nursing homes for elders

9. Boxing rings

10. Martial art schools

11. Horse racetracks

12. Public shower rooms

13. Massage parlours

14. All types of sport stadiums

15. Banquet rooms

16. Bullfighting and fish fighting rings

17. Amulet centres

18. Pre-school children development centres

19. Beauty parlours and tattoo shops

20. Fitness centres

21. Boxing gyms

22. Spa, traditional Thai massage centres

23. Bowling lanes, skating and rollerblade rinks

24. Dancing schools

25. Tutorial centres and all types of educational institutions

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration also urged people to wear face masks when leaving their residence and check in and out of places they visit using the government’s tracing platform.

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30400580

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Crackdown in virus 'red zones'

28 provinces to face tough measures to tackle Covid re-emergence

3 Jan, 2021

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has declared stricter measures for 28 "red zone" provinces amid rising cases of the Covid-19 across the country while Bangkok has closed 25 types of businesses to contain the re-emerging spread of Covid-19.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang signed an order on Friday to temporarily close types of businesses with gatherings of many people. The affected places are entertainment venues such as pubs, bars and similar places; water parks and amusement parks; playgrounds; places where children play at markets; and floating markets and flea markets.

Eateries, convenience stores, food stalls or hawkers, restaurants and food centres may not allow alcohol consumption.

Barbershops or hairdressers must limit service time per customer to two hours and not allow customers to wait in their shops.

Schools run by the BMA were ordered to close for two weeks.

In addition to the BMA's latest order is the setting up of 14 checkpoints on in-bound roads to screen people returning home from their holiday.

The checkpoints are on major roads connected to other provinces. These roads are used by inter-provincial buses returning to the capital from Chaeng Wattana, Vibhavadi Rangsit, Suwinthawong and Bang Na-Trat.

Bangkok is among the 28 provinces declared as a red zone by the CCSA. Other provinces include Tak, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Saraburi and Lop Buri.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the CCSA and the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) agreed on the stricter controls following a rise in local infections. The restrictions will be effective from tomorrow until Feb 1.

Apart from the rising number of cases, new infections were still detected among migrant workers with clusters in Bangkok spreading to many areas, Dr Taweesilp said.

The heightened restrictions, which will be proposed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for approval tomorrow, are divided into two tiers, Dr Taweesilp said.

The first tier limits the operating hours of businesses, closes at-risk ones, searches and arrests people who gather illegally, discourages inter-provincial travel, closes academic institutions, and encourages work from home across the red zones, he said.

Other measures in the first tier include travel restrictions for people who come from the red zones, urgent active case finding and disease investigation.

If the first tier is unsuccessful in controlling the virus, second-tier measures will be introduced, Dr Taweesilp said.

In the second tier, the restriction on operating hours will be expanded to more businesses and some types of businesses will be closed. Gatherings of many people will be prohibited.

A curfew will be among second-tier measures. The curfew timeframe has not yet been established.

The CCSA spokesman insisted that dining in at restaurants is still allowed for now and there was no need to hoard goods at this stage.

If a dine-in ban was issued, the CCSA would ensure restaurants have time to prepare, he said.

The CCSA on Saturday reported 216 new cases with one more death, bringing the total to 7,379 cases and 64 fatalities. It said 214 were local infections.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... -red-zones

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Apparently the Thai government is trying to keep restrictions to a minimum. Here's the latest:
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Govt unveils new curbs

CCSA says it will still allow 'flexibility'

4 Jan, 2021

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has issued a set of new restrictions taking effect on Monday in the wake of a new surge of the coronavirus, though customers are not banned from eating in restaurants and weddings are still allowed under certain conditions.

The directives, signed by Gen Prayut as director of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), were announced in the Royal Gazette on Sunday. The new restrictions will be applied to 28 red zone provinces including Bangkok. The 28 red zone provinces were officially announced in the Royal Gazette on Sunday.

According to the announcement, a ban is imposed on the use of buildings at schools and educational institutes in red zone areas with maximum controls to be imposed for teaching and learning or activities likely to draw a crowd, except for online learning, charities, public services with permission from provincial governors, small schools with no more than 120 students, and border patrol police schools.

Activities which could transmit the virus in red zones, such as meetings, seminars, banquets, and food handouts are forbidden, except where they are carried out or permitted by authorities or they take place in quarantine facilities.

Bangkok and provincial governors are authorised to close pubs, bars and karaoke outlets in red zones. The new restrictions do not ban customers from dining in eateries, however, though the number of sit-in patrons must be limited. Alcohol consumption is not allowed inside eateries.

In the announcement, the CCSA, the Interior Ministry, and the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre will jointly consider guidelines and ensure the restrictions are properly followed in each province.

According to the announcement, shopping malls, department stores, community malls, convention and exhibition halls, convenience stores, supermarkets, and other similar places are still allowed to operate under strict disease control measures.

Bangkok and provincial governors have the authority to close premises, and impose restrictions in areas, premises, or on the use of vehicles or ban activities, apart from those announced by the CCSA.

Authorities will screen people who travel between provinces particularly from red zone provinces, while those who must travel to other provinces must show evidence of why they are going and undergo health screening.

Private companies are also urged to come up with work from home arrangements for employees or stagger hours to reduce the risk of transmission. The CCSA's panel on the easing of Covid-19 restrictions is responsible for considering relaxations or more restrictions as they see fit.

Earlier on Sunday, CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the government plans to show some flexibility in imposing the new restrictions to take effect today.

The CCSA had reviewed restrictions based on the situation in various provinces, Dr Taweeslip said. "Some changes were made before being presented for approval by the prime minister,'' he said.

"We have toned down our previous plan," the spokesman said, explaining the CCSA decided not to enforce a national lockdown because of the devastation it would cause to businesses and the wider economy. "We will not lock down the country because there is an economic cost to pay and everybody will suffer," he said. The CCSA has left room for provincial governors, including the Bangkok governor, to impose tougher restrictions beyond the new measures.

Governors serve as the chairmen of each provincial communicable disease committee. "They cannot weaken the CCSA measures but they can add more restrictions," he said.

Meanwhile, the CCSA confirmed 315 new coronavirus cases, taking the accumulated total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 7,694. No new deaths were reported, leaving fatalities at 64. The CCSA said 294 of the 315 new cases were locally transmitted. Of the 294 local cases, 274 were Thais and 20 migrant workers, 17 in Samut Sakhon and three in Nonthaburi.

The greatest number of newly infected Thais were Chanthaburi (68), Chon Buri (62), Rayong (43), Samut Sakhon (38 -- excluding 17 migrant workers), and Bangkok (19).

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... -new-curbs

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Table service at Bangkok restaurants until 7pm

4 Jan 2021

All food shops in Bangkok are allowed to serve customers at their tables from 6am-7pm, but no alcohol, with only takeaway service after 7pm, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced on Monday.

BMA spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang said this applied to shops serving all kinds of food, including bars and cafes, effective from Tuesday until the end of the month.

However, proprietors must strictly enforce social distancing measures, including 1.5 metres distance between the tables.

Alcoholic drinks were banned from all food shops, to discourage customers from staying longer, he said.

Further details would be finalised later on Monday, the spokesman said.

Bangkok is one of the 28 provinces most affected by the new coronavirus outbreak. City Hall is encouraging people to stay home and avoid social activities that bring together a large number of people.

The spokesman said all weddings and ordination ceremonies should be deferred.

Organisers were required to seek permission from the Health Department first if they insisted on holding the events.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... -until-7pm

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the linked article has been updated by the Post - the PM has overruled this, the deadline is now 9pm
I’m nervous now when people cough near me, I would be much more comfortable if they would far cough.

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Those of you from the UK, if you are in Thailand and are not aware of it, now you have to obtain negative Covid test certificates within 72 hours of your return trip to the UK. Such certificates can be obtained at hospitals. Failure to obtain the certificate means you are likely not to be admitted to the UK upon arrival, assuming your airline lets you fly without it. I don't know what might happen next if you arrive in the UK without it.

This regulation is being imposed from the UK, not Thailand.

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I'm not sure what Number 9 on the list really means. Those of you who try to go to gay massages and/or saunas, please let us know if they are among the businesses that have reopened.
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13 businesses can reopen as usual in Bangkok

Jan 21, 2021


Thirteen types of business are allowed to reopen in Bangkok on Friday as the Covid-19 outbreak in the capital eased.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced the outbreak had dropped from a peak of 49 new cases per day in the capital to around 10 cases daily. The latest contagion, which began in mid-December, had been contained faster than the first outbreak last year, said BMA spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang. The BMA announced the following 13 businesses can reopen as usual, but under virus-control measures:

1. Gaming arcades

2. Internet cafes

3. Seniors day-care centres

4. Racecourses and stadiums except for horse racing and boxing (no spectators allowed)

5. Banquet rooms – though permission must be granted for more than 300 guests

6. Amulet shops

7. Beauty parlours and tattoo shops

8. Fitness centres

9. Massage shops and spas – but not massage parlours

10. Boxing gyms

11. Bowling alleys and skating rinks

12. Dance academies (no contests)

13. Martial arts schools

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30401600

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