Whoops! Not so fast! Looks like the powers-that-be changed their minds about allowing some of these venues to reopen.
Update: CCSA puts the brakes on relaxing some measures in Bangkok for at least two more weeks
By Adam Judd
31 May 2021
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, has put the brakes on a plan to relieve some measures in Bangkok effective tomorrow originally proposed and put together by the Bangkok Governor and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
We announced this plan earlier this afternoon here.
The plan was to relax several things, including massage shops and the current closure of parks, which has been a major complaint from Bangkok residents for weeks.
The announcement from the CCSA has simply stated that all five measures, including parks that saw social media flooded earlier today with excited and pleased messages about the relief, are now reversed.
According to the CCSA announcement, all five measures will remain closed/off-limits until at least June 14th.
The reaction was swift on social media, with many Thai and English commenters furious, especially about parks. Businesses, like massage shops, who were looking forward to being able to get back to work and have received limited to no financial assistance after weeks of shutdowns as most are staffed by informal workers who are not eligible for social security benefits, were also expressing their anger online.
However, there were some online comments that supported the decision, stating that with the number of cases currently, most coming from Bangkok, it was too early to relax any restrictions.
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CCSA puts brakes on City Hall relaxation
Five groups of places no longer allowed to reopen
31 May 2021
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has put brakes on City Hall's plan to allow five types of businesses, including spas and beauty clinics, to open on Tuesday.
City Hall announced on Monday morning it allowed some places with no reports of Covid clusters to open from Tuesday, including spas and beauty clinics.
Its communicable disease committee met on Monday to consider easing Covid-19 measures for businesses. The panel decided that since the Covid clusters to date were found in communities, markets and construction workers’ camps, measures for other places should be eased to help operators.
But in the afternoon, it said the CCSA had delayed the decision by 14 days from June 1. It did not give reasons for the sudden change.
According to City Hall's order earlier, the places allowed to operate from Tuesday were:
. museums, learning centres, with strict measures in place such as a ban on group visits
. tattoo shops, or shops providing any kind of skin-piercing services, and nail salons
. beauty and weight-control clinics and shops
. spas and massage shops, except sauna and facial massage services
. public parks, botanical or floral gardens, with strict measures in place such as a ban on group sitting and consumption of food and drinks, except drinking water
Other places remain temporarily closed until June 14, it had said.
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CCSA suspends the BMA order to reopen five types of venue
by The Nation
May 31, 2021
Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday suspended an order of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to reopen five types of venue from Tuesday (June 1).
Previously, the BMA concluded that five types of venue will be reopened.
The organisation said the reopening was aimed to relieve burdens on business by enabling them to operate under strict conditions.
Meanwhile, efforts to control Covid-19 outbreaks in communities, markets and worker camp were continuing, it added.
Venues planned to reopen from Tuesday are as follows:
1. Museums, learning centres, science parks, historic sites and art galleries (no group visits).
2. Tattoo parlours and nail salons (must close for 14 days if any Covid-19 cases are discovered).
3. Beauty/weight loss clinics and parlours.
4. Spa, massage parlours and healthcare-related venues (no steam baths or facial massages).
5. Public parks, botanical and flower gardens (no food or gatherings).
However, according to the latest CCSA order, the five types of venue will remain shut until June 14, as well as other places in Bangkok.