11 new COVID-19 cases today as lockdown to be eased from Monday   

Passengers attempt to observe social distancing as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus as they ride in a BTS commuter train during rush hour in Bangkok on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand has recorded 11 new COVID-19 cases for the second day, all in state quarantine facilities, but no new fatalities. 

 

The CCSA, meanwhile, agreed to ease restrictions on 14 additional business and leisure activities, effective on Monday, in the 3rd phase of lockdown relaxations. 

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said today that accumulated cases in the country are now 3,076, while 2,945 patients have recovered, with 74 still in hospital. The death toll remains 57. 

 

Regarding the state of emergency, which has been extended until the end of June, he said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made it clear that the measure would be maintained until the end of the 4th phase restriction easing. 

He explained that the Prime Minister wants to make sure that, if the state of emergency is lifted, the COVID-19 pandemic is under control and that alternative measures, under the Communicable Disease Act, are in place to cope with the situation. 

 

National Security Council Secretary-General Gen Somsak Rungsita said that the CCSA has agreed to allow 14 more business and leisure activities to resume operations, with conditions attached. 

Shopping malls can stay open until 9pm and visiting cinemas and theatres are among several activities to be allowed to resume from June 1st. They must, however, must limit the audience to 200, with physical distancing to be observed, though couples can sit together, and everyone must wear face masks. 

 

Trade exhibition and conference halls, not exceeding 20,000 square metres, also can reopen. Beauty salons can offer more hair dyeing services, but the service time for each customer must be under two hours.  Child development centres can open to officials only, to provide food and drinks to parents, but not for children. 

Sports facilities, such as soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts are allowed to open for training or exercise, with players observing physical distancing, but the number of officials and other participants is limited to 10.  Time limits will also be applied. 

 

Bowling alleys, rollerblade rinks, dance halls and jetski lakes can reopen, but the venues and equipment must be disinfected frequently. 

Supreme Command spokesman, Maj-Gen Thirapong Patthamasing na Ayudhya, said today that the military has been ordered to cooperate with other security agencies, to tighten up border checkpoints to prevent illegal migrant workers from entering the country, as part of the efforts to prevent the spread of the contagion. 

 

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