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Again, not only do I not see light at the end of the tunnel, I don't even see the tunnel.

Once Pattaya reopens, if it ever does, I believe the entertainment industry - meaning our kind - is going to have to start all over again, from scratch.

One of the problems the gay bars had, long before anyone ever heard of Covid, was fewer and fewer customers - and many bars closed and went out of business even then due to lack of customers.

Once the bars reopen, if that problem persists, you might as well forget it. There might be a few go-go bars, but nothing like Pattaya's "golden years" - unless you gents show up and start supporting the bars. If you're the type that sits in a bar all night nursing one drink, tipping the staff as little as possible - or not at all, and tipping boys you take off as little as possible, do Pattaya a favor - stay home.

On the other hand, if you're the opposite of that type, I hope you'll be on the first plane flying to Thailand.
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Pattaya mayor claims no ability to help entertainment industry

By Jetsada Homklin

July 8, 2021

Pattaya’s mayor said he is powerless to reopen the city’s bars and entertainment venues as the decision lies with the central government.

Responding to critics who claim the mayor isn’t doing enough to help the devastated entertainment industry, Sonthaya Kunplome said July 6 that the city must comply with orders and policies set by the government and the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The coronavirus situation in Pattaya remains severe and requires clear, safe measures for residents and tourists.

Sonthaya acknowledged that bar, entertainment, hospitality and tourism workers have received inadequate aid and compensation, but said there’s nothing he can do.

Chonburi on Wednesday reported 262 new Covid-19 cases with 58 in Banglamung District, which includes Pattaya.

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This just never ends. Now there is apparently serious consideration being given to lockdowns in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. Chonburi, Pattaya's province, is a surrounding province.

No word yet on whether lockdowns will happen, but to me it seems almost certain,if nothing else, there will be further restrictions. The infection and death numbers are significantly increasing. Who knows whether the numbers being reported are accurate? Many seem to believe the actual numbers are much worse.

None of this is going to help the tourism industry. Just talking about it is likely to be enough to scare away many potential travelers to Thailand.

Meanwhile, those of us who are here in Thailand are not getting vaccinated any time soon. There's plenty of excuses why vaccines are not yet available in Pattaya, but no vaccines.

While writing this, I received the following in an Email from a friend and he received it from a friend. So, this is second-hand information and I cannot vouch for its accuracy:
Bangkok is falling apart. Hospitals now have to use parking lots as makeshift COVID-19 wards. .No ICUs and ERs. Additional ventilators have been brought in from outer provinces, but barely enough.

The government said more beds are on the way, but healthcare workers can’t carry the load anymore. This morning elderly neighbors were found dead in their house while waiting for available hospital beds.
Here's the latest:
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Lockdown in sight

New daily cases tipped for 10,000

by Mongkol Bangprapa

8 July 2021

A lockdown may be considered to curb the spread of Covid-19 if new cases continue to surge, National Security Council secretary-general Natthapol Nakpanich said.

Meanwhile, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) did not rule out the possibility of new cases soaring to 10,000 per day next week given the rapid rise of the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Gen Natthapol Nakpanich, head of the CCSA's operation centre, said the CCSA would be willing to consider any proposal from the Ministry of Public Health for a lockdown to contain Covid-19 transmissions.

He said he had heard talk of a lockdown. There was no official proposal so far, but if proposed, the centre was ready to consider it.

"People should have a correct understanding of the term 'lockdown'. Measures, which included a curfew, taken by the government in April last year could be construed as a lockdown, but the restrictions imposed afterwards -- such as the shuttering of businesses and a ban on movement of people -- were not," he said.

Asked whether the matter would be raised at the CCSA's July 12 meeting, Gen Natthapol said it could come sooner if the number of infections and deaths went up.

"We may wait for 15 days to assess the situation," Gen Natthapol said. "We have to take all factors into consideration.

"In the meantime, we have to look into other matters, such as controls on the movement of people and solving the problem of bed shortages. We won't just sit and watch the figures."

Asked whether a lockdown would be imposed only in areas where the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus was rampant, or for the whole country, Gen Natthapol said emphasis would be placed on Bangkok and surrounding provinces, along with the four southern border provinces. Other parts of the country could be put under semi-lockdown.

He went on to say that a total lockdown would have serious impacts on people living hand-to-mouth and those with no permanent income.

"According to the Ministry of Finance, nearly 300 billion baht was spent on remedial measures during the April 2020 lockdown. If we do it again, we would have find a lot of money to compensate people for their hardships,'' he said.

Apisamai Srirangson, assistant spokeswoman for the CCSA, said the Medical Association of Thailand had expressed concern about the current rate of transmissions after the Delta variant was found in Thailand last month.

"Currently, we have seen the figures rise from 1,000 to 2,000 and 4,000. It is estimated the number may reach 10,000 per day next week [if it continues at this rate],'' she said.

The majority of infections in Bangkok were now of the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus and it was spreading to provinces, Dr Apisamai said.

Since April, Covid-19 transmissions from Greater Bangkok areas had spread to 40 provinces, carried by people returning to their homes, she said.

She said the CCSA's subcommittee also discussed improving the capacity to move infected people with severe symptoms from their homes to hospitals and to increase the number of beds by setting up a field hospital at Suvarnabhumi airport.

The 5,000-bed field hospital is likely to open next month. Some 1,360 beds will be available for patients with severe symptoms and the rest for patients with less severe conditions.

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New restrictions likely, to keep people at home

8 July 2021

The Public Health Ministry has proposed stricter measures to encourage people to stay home and not leave their province, to more effectively stem the spread of Covid-19.

The ministry's proposal to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration would see limits on inter-provincial movements and changes to shopping and public transport hours.

"The principle is to limit the movement of people out of their locality and ban interprovincial movements. Officials should set up checkpoints to reduce interprovincial movements," Apisamai Srirangson, a spokeswoman for the CCSA, said on Thursday.

The Public Health Ministry also proposed the maximum use of working from home for both the government and private sectors.

Businesses would be asked to change their operating hours to discourage people from going out, she said.

"This refers to department stores and the likes, to convenience stores and night-shift markets and eateries. Public transport hours would be adjusted accordingly," Dr Apisamai said.

The Public Health Ministry made the proposals as new daily Covid-19 cases, already high in Greater Bangkok, soar in the provinces, both within and outside construction workers' camps.

The operations committee of CCSA was of the view that opening hours of stores, including hardware shops, should be changed while ensuring that people would have continuous access to consumer products, food and tools to ensure their safety, she said.

"The Public Health Ministry did not mention any lockdown measure, but discussed changes to the operating hours of businesses and services in specific areas and provinces," Dr Apisamai said.

No decision had been made, she said.

The CCSA would consider the proposals at its meeting on Friday morning, Dr Apisamai said.

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Ok, here is the new set of restrictions for Bangkok and other provinces. Chonburi, Pattaya's province, is NOT included in these restrictions.

I hope it is not too little, too late.
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Curfew in Greater Bangkok from Monday

9 Jul 2021

Strict measures, including a curfew, will be imposed in Bangkok and five adjacent provinces from Monday as the government attempts to curb the soaring number of new Covid-19 infections.

The same 9pm-4am curfew will also be imposed in the four southermost provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla and Yala.

It affects Greater Bangkok, which encompasses the capital and the five neighbouring provinces of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon.

The announcement was made by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday afternoon. There was no mention when the new restrictions would end.

Measures to be imposed in Greater Bangkok include the closure of department store malls except for businesses such as supermarkets, which will be allowed to operate until 8pm.

Other premises allowed to open until 8pm in the malls are banks, chemists, shops selling communication devices and vaccination centres.

Other measures in Greater Bangkok are:

*All eateries to close at 8pm.
*Work for home encouraged for all businesses.
*Strict enforcement of social distancing measures.
*No public transport services from 9pm-3am.
*Closure of public parks at 9pm.
*Closure of all infection-risk businesses such as salons, spas and traditional massage palours.
*No gatherings of more than five people, except for religious functions.
*Covenience stores and night markets closed from 8pm-4am.

CCSA assistant spokeswoman Apisamai Srirungson stressed the lockdown measures focus on Greater Bangkok. However, checkpoints would be set up from Saturday in all provinces to discourage people's movements, Dr Apisamai said.

Greater Bangkok is the centre of the third virus surge that began in early April, triggered by the arrival of the Delta strain first found in India. New cases have also soared in the four southern provinces, but mostly the Beta variant first detected in South Africa.

Health officials said the Delta variant would soon dominate in Thailand.

The measures were announced as new transmissions contnued to rise and with no let up in fatalities, even though all workers' camps have been closed and dining-in banned at eateries since Monday.

Thailand logged a record high of 75 fatalities on Wednesday and the second highest number of new infections, 9,276, on Thursday. The highest number of daily infections was 9,635 on May 17.

There is also a serious bed shortage as more patients stay longer in hospitals and the rate of discharge slows.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who chaired the CCSA meeting on Friday, reportedly directed authorities to keep new infections down during the semi-lockdown period and said all measures to fight the outbreak would be adjusted to better cope with the rapid virus spread.

The prime minister also decided to take a three-month pay cut to save state budget funds for the fight against the pandemic. Other cabinet ministers then followed.

Gen Prayut receives 125,590 baht a month, from a salary of 75,900 baht and position allowance of 50,000 baht. He does not receive a salary as the defence minister. A cabinet member is allowed to receive a salary from only one position, the highest paid.

Limiting the lockdown to selected provinces was favoured by business leaders to minimise the economic damage.

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Thai government announces strict Covid-19 control measures in Dark Red Zone provinces, effective from Monday

By Nop Meechukhun

9 July 2021

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) this morning, July 9th, has announced strict Covid-19 control measures implemented in ten provinces to try and curb the number of Covid-19 daily infections, effective from Monday, July 12th.*

*Checkpoints to control movement, especially interprovincial and out of dark red zones, will start from Saturday, July 10th.

The measures will be put into effect in ten provinces in the Dark Red Zones, a color-coding system used in Thailand to determine the level of Covid-19 restrictions, namely Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, and Samut Sakhon, Yala, Songkhla, Narathiwas, and Pattani.

Chonburi, the home of Pattaya, is not included. We caution, however, that governors in provinces have the ability to strengthen rules if they wish.

Approved by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) which is chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha, the measures include:

For six provinces in Bangkok and its vicinity

(1) Work From Home at the maximum capacity, except for necessary service businesses and businesses related to utilities. Essentially, any company that can have their staff work from home, they must do so.

(2) Closures of shopping malls, except the sections of supermarkets, drug stores, food, groceries, banks and financial institutions, mobile phone shops, and vaccination centers inside shopping centers. They can be opened until 8:00 PM.

(3) Convenience stores and markets must be closed from 8:00 PM. to 4:00 AM.

(4) Public transportation must be closed from 9:00 PM. to 4:00 A.M. of the following day (Some reports said 3:00 A.M., this could change)

(5) No dine-in policy in restaurants as well as no alcohol sales. Restaurants, including food carts, must be closed at 8:00 PM.

(6) Closures of spas, beauty centers, and massage parlors

(7) Public parks must be closed at 8:00 PM.

(8) All other closure measures previously in place as part of Dark Red zones remain in place, such as the closure of bars, entertainment, gyms, waterparks, pool halls, etc.


For all Dark Red Zone provinces

(8) Stay at home overnight except for emergencies from 9:00 PM. to 4:00 AM.

(9) Avoid unnecessary traveling, except for food purchasing and healthcare assistance.

(10) Prohibition of large gatherings with more than 5 people, except funerals

Public transport companies are advised to reduce their services. Meanwhile, relevant authorities will also impose stricter regulations and set up checkpoints to minimize people’s movement from the Dark Red Zones, starting tomorrow July 10th.

Color coding zones have also been recoded across the country. No additional “Dark Red” zones were found, however, many more red and orange zones were added. A complete map can be found on our daily Covid-19 recap report.

The CCSA also emphasizes the public personal preventive measures, including wearing a mask, avoiding close contact with one another, and or eating together both at home and workplace

During the CCSA meeting, the Prime Minister, who is currently in quarantine at his home due to being in close contact with a person with Covid-19, also announced via video conference that he would not accept his salary for three months in order for the money to be spent to help with the Covid-19 situation in the country.

The Prime Minister’s salary, according to local media, was 75,590 baht with an additional 50,000 for his role as the Prime Minister, marking a total of 125,590 baht a month or 376,770 baht for three months.

All measures listed above are until further notice.

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Some additional restrictions, such as checkpoints being set up to discourage inter-provincial travel. You will have to explain your reasons to the police at those checkpoints and hope they'll let you continue on. That begins today.
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Harsher virus curbs on the way

Curfew heads bid to peg back infections

10 Jul 2021

Tougher measures, including a curfew, will be imposed in Bangkok and its five adjacent provinces for at least 14 days starting on Monday to curb the rapid surge in Covid-19 transmissions.

The decision was made on Friday when the kingdom recorded 9,276 new Covid-19 cases and 72 fatalities. The new measures are aimed at curbing the rise in cases within two to four weeks.

A 9pm–4am curfew will affect Greater Bangkok, which covers the capital and the provinces of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon.

The same curfew hours will also be imposed in the four southern border provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla and Yala, according to the announcement by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

However, people seeking medical treatment at hospitals, medical personnel and utility workers doing their jobs are allowed to travel during the curfew.

The CCSA agreed that the measures, effective from Monday, will last for at least 14 days or until the situation eases.

Interprovincial travel will also be restricted in Greater Bangkok and the four southern provinces. Checkpoints will be set up on Saturday to discourage movement. People who have to travel must explain their reason to officials at the checkpoints.

Other measures to be enforced in the Greater Bangkok Area will include the closure of department stores and shopping malls. Supermarkets will be allowed to operate until 8pm.

Banks, pharmacies, shops selling communication devices and vaccination centres located at malls and department stores will be allowed to open until 8pm.

In Greater Bangkok, all eateries will close at 8pm. All businesses are encouraged to enforce a work from home policy, while public transport services will stop from 9pm–3am.

Public parks will close at 8pm. All businesses considered at risk of spreading infections, such as salons, spas and traditional massage parlours will be closed. No gatherings of more than five people will be allowed, except for religious functions. Schools are expected to only conduct lessons online. Convenience stores and night markets will close from 8pm–4am.

Greater Bangkok is the centre of the third virus surge that began in early April, triggered by the arrival of the Delta strain. Health officials said it would soon dominate in Thailand.

The measures were announced as new transmissions continued to rise with no let-up in fatalities, even though all construction worker camps have been closed and dining in at eateries has been banned since Monday.

There is also a severe bed shortage as more patients stay longer in hospitals and the rate of discharge slows.

Sanan Angubolkul, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber agreed with the new measures that will be imposed in the 10 provinces.

The measures will have some impact on people's daily lives, but they are necessary to curb the rapid transmission of Covid-19, he said, adding that the private sector was willing to comply.

However, he said that it was estimated that the measures would cause economic damage of 50–100 billion baht, or about 3–5 billion baht per day.

In light of this, the government may need to inject more cash into the economy to compensate for the damage, he said, adding that it is important to control the outbreak quickly to limit the economic damage.

The government must roll out remedial measures to help businesses affected by the measures by drawing on the 500 billion-baht loan, he said.

"The tough measures are expected to slow the rapid rate of transmissions. It is also important for the government to do everything in its power to procure more vaccines for people," Mr Sanan said.

Of the newly recorded cases, 8,975 were local infections, 23 were imported and 278 were found in prisons.

Bangkok recorded 3,116 cases, followed by Samut Prakan with 437, Lop Buri with 341, Chon Buri with 317, Ayutthaya with 265, Chachoengsao with 243, Nonthaburi with 236, Pattani with 214 and Nakhon Pathom with 211.

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Thailand orders ‘stay at home’ – restricts inter-provincial travel

By Pattaya Mail

July 10, 2021

New restrictions in Bangkok metropolitan area and 9 other provinces in dark red zone (see provinces below)

– Restaurants, markets and convenience stores must be closed from 20.00 – 04.00 hrs
– Closure of public transportation from 21.00 – 03.00 hrs
– Closure of spas, beauty centers and massage parlors.
– Public Park must be closed at 20.00 hrs.
– Work from home at maximum capacity for both private and public sectors
– Avoid making unnecessary trips
– Stay at home from 21.00 hrs – 04.00 hrs. Only leave for essential reasons.
– Avoid any gathering larger than 5 people


New restrictions on inter-provincial traveling
– Public transport companies to reduce service
– Relevant authorities will impose stricter regulations and set up check points to minimize people movement from the dark red zone starting 10th July 2021


Update COVID-19 Zoning Areas in Thailand

Maximum and strict controlled areas or the ‘dark red zone’ (10 provinces): Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Narathiwat, Songkhla, Pathum Thani, Pattani, Yala, Samut Prakarn, Samut Sakhon

Maximum controlled areas (24 provinces from 5 provinces before): Krabi, Kanchanaburi, Chachoengsao, Chonburi (Pattaya City), Chai Nat, Tak, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nakhon Sawan, Phetchaburi, Pra Chuab Khiri Khan, Prachinburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayuttaya, Ranong, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Lopburi, Samut Songkhram, Saraburi, Singburi, Suphanburi, Ang Thong, Uthai Thani


Controlled Areas (25 provinces from 9 provinces): Kalasin, Kamphaeng Phet, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Chumphon, Trang, Trat, Buriram, Phattalung, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Petchabun, Roi Et, Mahasarakham, Loei, Sisaket, Satun, Sa Kaeo, Sukhothai, Surat Thani, Surin, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani

High Surveillance Areas (18 provinces from 53 provinces): The remaining 18 provinces

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No air travel from 9pm to 4am beginning Monday

By : The Nation

July 10, 2021

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has suspended air travel between 9pm and 4am, in order to decrease Covid-19 risk for passengers and related personnel.

The suspension takes effect from Monday.

The CAAT said that passengers must be informed if their booked flights are changed, according to the latest order.

The order also specified that airlines must allot seats to passengers strictly following social distancing measures.

The CAAT did not state until when this order will be in effect.

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Troops to man 145 Covid checkpoints

Army gets tough on curbs busters

by Wassana Nanuam

11 July 2021

Some 145 checkpoints, of which 88 are in the capital, have been set up to control the movement of people with the supreme commander warned that decisive legal action will be taken against those who break the rules.

The moves follow fresh stringent measures rolled out on Saturday to curb a soaring Covid-19 infection rate which new cases hit 9,326 and the death toll reach 91 in the last 24 hours.

The measures approved by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), including a 9pm-4am curfew, were published on the Royal Gazette on Saturday.

Gen Chalermpol Srisawat, Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTAF) commander-in-chief, ordered 88 checkpoints in Bangkok be set up to accommodate the partial lockdown, while another 22 checkpoints were erected in surrounding provinces and 35 more in the four southern border provinces.

The general instructed authorities to strictly enforce the measures.

Anyone who flouts the restrictions would face legal action based on the emergency decree and the Communicable Disease Act, said Teerapong Pattamasingh Na Ayuthaya, RTAF deputy spokesman.

Published on the website of the Royal Gazette was a 9pm-4am curfew that is planned for at least the next two weeks from Monday in the 10 provinces of Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla, the provinces which are considered dark red zones.

Travelling for medical reasons during the 9pm-4am curfew is allowed for both patients and their caretakers.

Other crucial activities will also be allowed including the transport of goods, food, medical supplies, agricultural products, fuel, letters and packages.

Workers who need to travel during the curfew are required to show their ID cards and documents pertaining to them being allowed to travel to security officials at the checkpoints, according to the curfew order.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep said security forces consisting of soldiers, police and administrative officials were deployed early Saturday morning to security checkpoints in the dark-red zone provinces.

To raise public awareness about the partial lockdown, the authorities will tell the public what they can and can't do during the period, he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the CCSA, said travelling into the 10 most critical provinces for certain reasons such as vaccination will still be allowed, while travelling from those dark-red provinces to other parts of the country will largely depend on measures imposed by the destinations.

Bangkok's communicable disease control committee on Saturday decided to order key service businesses in the capital to close at 8pm and open again after 4am, throughout the partial lockdown, effective tomorrow.

The order applies to eateries, shopping malls, convenience stores, and most types of markets, said the source.

A gathering of more than five people in public is also prohibited under the partial lockdown rules.

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Not that I expect many reading this to be driving on the expressways at those hours, but . . .
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Driving restricted on Bangkok-Pattaya motorway between 9 pm-4 am

By Pattaya Mail

July 12, 2021

Thailand’s Department of Highways (DoH) will restrict the use of Motorway No 7 (Bangkok-Chonburi-Pattaya-Map Ta Phut) and Motorway No 9 (Bang Pa-in-Bang Phli and Phra Daeng-Bang Khuntian Interchange) between 9pm and 4am from Monday until July 25th.

The department said the restriction was put in place to comply with the government’s order to restrict unnecessary travel during those hours.

According to the DoH, restrictions will also apply to other expressways operated by the Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT).

The DoH said cargo trucks, carrying agricultural produce, fuel, medical supplies and equipment, are exempt. Motorists are advised to contact the DoH’s 1568 hotline for further information.

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Thailand’s public transportation services reduce their operations following government’s partial lockdown order in Bangkok, a look at the measures taken

By Nop Meechukhun

12 July 2021

Public transportation services in Thailand have reduced their scheduled operations due to the government’s partial lockdown order in Bangkok and its vicinity to contain the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus, starting today, July 12th.

The reschedules are applied in planes, public buses, and trains. Following strict preventive measures to reduce traveling issued last Friday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has limited the flight operations from 9:00 PM. to 04.00 AM. to reduce the potential contact among passengers traveling between the airport and accommodations, consistently with other public transport services. This is also to avoid curfew hours in Bangkok and nine other provinces from 9:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M.

Additionally, Thai AirAsia announced the temporary suspension of all flights in Thailand operating in both airports, Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi International Airport, from Saturday, July 10th, until the 31st to comply with the government’s policy of travel reduction. A few flights ran over the last weekend to assist in getting people home who had previously flown but the policy will remain in effect as of today.

The Transport Company Limited, Thailand’s main public bus service, also rescheduled its public bus transportation until July 25th, including the cancellation of all Southern routes and the reduction of Northern and Northeastern destinations to only three and 10 routes per day, respectively. They have also limited the number of people allowed to travel on their bus system, making it more difficult to get a ticket and travel.

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) governor Nirut Maneephan today, July 12th, also announced the temporary cessation of 30 train routes nationwide and its service from 9:00 PM. to 04:00 AM. until July 25th. This is also to stop the movement of people in compliance with the government’s orders.

The suspended routes are from Bangkok to major destinations in the North, the Northeast, and the South, such as Chiang Mai, Nongkhai, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, the Kantang District of Trang, and the Su-ngai Kolok District of Narathiwas.

Checkpoints will also be set up around the nation, especially in high-risk zones like Bangkok, to help deter travel from locally and inter-provincially. These will be primarily designed to ensure people are only traveling for critical and essential purposes. There is not a travel ban, however, it will be deterred.

Some provinces have also stepped up their policies and procedures to let people in, with Phuket requiring all visitors for instance domestically from high-risk provinces to not only test negative for Covid-19 but ALSO to be vaccinated against the virus OR be fully recovered from Covid-19 within 90 days.

Motorway 7 and 9, including near the Pattaya area, will be CLOSED overnight from 9:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. to discourage people from travel announced the Department of Rural Roads last week.

The overall message from the government is STAY PUT and STAY HOME.

Today has also marked the first day that the strictest preventive measures to reduce domestic traveling and the possible spread of the Covid-19 virus are officially implemented in ten provinces in the Dark Red Zones. More information regarding the restrictions can be found in the article below. The biggest change will be the curfew, previously mentioned, which is a mandate, not a request, in Bangkok and nine other provinces from 9:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. The measures are also until further notice, contrary to some reports that they are only for two weeks.

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All very odd.
1 If I needed to travel and wanted to reduce covid risk, about 2:00 am would seem to be the perfect time to avoid other travelers.
2 What are shift workers supposed to do ?

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Jun wrote:
Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:55 pm
All very odd.
You mean the powers-that-be perhaps failed to thoroughly think things through before imposing the rules? Why, I'm shocked . . .

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