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Bars to be closed for 2 weeks - beginning April 9

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Obviously this is a serious blow to businesses that were counting on the Songkran holidays to keep them afloat.

The closings include Bangkok and Pattaya.
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Pattaya bars, pubs, clubs and karaoke bars will be closed for 2 weeks

By Pattaya Mail

April 8, 2021

According to Spokesman for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), all entertainment places in 41 provinces, including Bangkok, will be ordered to shut their doors for at least two weeks, as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

The spokesman said the closure would take effect when Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha signs the order at a meeting on Friday.

Health and security officials agreed in talks on Thursday that a blanket closure in all provinces was not necessary. They opted for what Dr Taweesilp called “target therapy” in provinces with the potential to spread COVID-19.

Their prime concern was the spread of the UK variant of the virus, with cases detected in Thailand for the first time.

The target provinces were those plagued by new infections and those at risk because they were a gateway, or main passage, for travelers, he said.

The decision comes ahead of the long Songkran holiday next week, when millions of people will hit the roads for vacations or family reunions.

The 41 provinces where all entertainment venues – bars, pubs, clubs and karaoke bars – will be closed are: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Buri Ram, Chachoengsao, Chaiyaphum, Chanthaburi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chonburi, Chumphon, Kanchanaburi, Khon Kaen, Lamphang, Loei, Lop Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pathum Thani, Phetchabun, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Prachin Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ratchaburi, Ranong, Rayong, Sa Kaeo, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkram, Saraburi, Songkhla, Suphan Buri, Surat Thani, Tak, Udon Thani, and Yala.

All 20 provinces hit by the Thong Lor cluster are included in the 41-province list.

The CCSA spokesman said there would be no U-turn on the closure decision. The centre decided to make it public ahead of the signing of the order on Friday so that businesses could prepare in advance.

The meeting on Friday would also announce a work from home policy for state agencies and encourage private firms to allow their employees to also work from home.

https://www.pattayamail.com/news/pattay ... s-2-350373
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Pubs, clubs in Bangkok, 40 other provinces to shut for 2 weeks

Thong Lor cluster spread intensifies

April 8, 2021

All entertainment places in 41 provinces, including Bangkok, will be ordered to shut their doors for at least two weeks, as Covid-19 cases spawned by the Thong Lor cluster spread rapidly across the nation.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Thursday the closure would take effect when Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha signs the order at a meeting on Friday.

Health and security officials agreed in talks on Thursday that a blanket closure in all provinces was not necessary. They opted for what Dr Taweesilp called "target therapy" in provinces with the potential to spread Covid-19.

Their prime concern was the spread of the UK variant of the virus, with cases detected in Thailand for the first time.

"It would be unfair to prescribe a strong dose to all provinces," the CCSA spokesman said.

The target provinces were those plagued by new infections and those at risk because they were a gateway, or main passage, for travellers, he said.

The decision comes ahead of the long Songkran holiday next week, when millions of people will hit the roads for vacations or family reunions.

New cases linked to pubs, bars and clubs in Thong Lor area have leapt from Wednesday's report of 291 in 15 provinces to 504 cases in 20 provinces on Thursday, according to CCSA figures, which track infections since March 22.

The 41 provinces where all entertainment venues - bars, pubs, clubs and karaoke bars - will be closed are:

Bangkok
Ayutthaya
Buri Ram
Chachoengsao
Chaiyaphum
Chanthaburi
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai
Chon Buri
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
Ratchaburi
Ranong
Rayong
Sa Kaeo
Samut Prakan
Samut Sakhon
Samut Songkram
Saraburi
Songkhla
Suphan Buri
Surat Thani
Tak
Udon Thani
Yala

All 20 provinces hit by the Thong Lor cluster are included in the 41-province list.

The CCSA spokesman said there would be no U-turn on the closure decision. The centre decided to make it public ahead of the signing of the order on Friday so that businesses could prepare in advance.

The meeting on Friday would also announce a work from home policy for state agencies and encourage private firms to allow their employees to also work from home.

There had been 405 new infections registered, 391 of them local transmissions, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 30,310, the CCSA said on Thursday. No new deaths were reported.

Bangkok led the list with 48 cases reported by hospitals and 47 from mass testing. Fourteen cases were imported - from the United Arab Emirates, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Turkey.

The latest outbreak has already prompted two provinces, Buri Ram and Bung Kan, to issue orders that people coming from Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Nakhon Pathom must observe self-quarantine after arrival in the province. Buri Ram is on the list of 41 provinces; Bung Kan, which borders the Mekong River, is not.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... or-2-weeks

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Re: Bars to be closed for 2 weeks - beginning April 9

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Plan to extend Chatuchak Market opening hours suspended

April 8, 2021

Plans to ease restrictions at Chatuchak Market have been postponed in response to the latest outbreak of Covid-19 in Bangkok.

As a result, Chatuchak vendors will not be allowed to sell goods on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday without permission, said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). Plans to allow vendors to stay open late until 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday have also been suspended. Meanwhile, the ban on activities in the clocktower area remains in place.

"Since the number of Covid-19 cases has increased quickly, the BMA has to postpone the abovementioned measures until the situation is resolved," said BMA deputy permanent secretary Wallaya Wattanarat.

She added that Chatuchak Market is still operating as usual.

The flower and plant market is open from Tuesday to Thursday, while the weekend market is operating from Friday to Sunday.

"To contain the spread of Covid-19, retailers and customers are required to wear face masks, maintain distance, wash hands regularly with soap or alcohol gel and use the ThaiChana app to check in," Wallaya added.

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30404669

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