11 July 2024

The operations centre of Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has agreed on further easing of lockdown restrictions in “dark red” provinces, including the adjustment of curfew hours and shortening mandatory quarantine for fully inoculated foreign arrivals.

Informed government sources say that the proposal will be submitted to the full meeting of the CCSA, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Monday.

The sources disclosed that, at its meeting on Thursday, the operations centre resolved to adjust curfew hours to 10pm to 4am, and ease restrictions on ten types of business activities and venues, including:
• Centres for children or pre-school child
• Museums, historical or archaeological sites
• Learning or science and cultural centres and art galleries
• Manicure shops
• Tattoo, massage and spa parlours
• Cinemas
• Restaurants with a live band with air circulation systems meeting “COVID-free setting standard
• Consumer product sections of malls, hypermarkets, outdoor stadia and convenience stores opening hours extended to 9pm

The sources said that the proposed easing of lockdown restrictions is expected to come into force on October 1st, if the measures are endorsed by the CCSA on Monday.

An extension of the state of emergency, until the end of November, will be proposed at the same meeting, as will the postponement of the reopening of Bangkok, Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung and Sattahip), Chiang Mai (Muaeng, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao districts), Prachuap Khiri Khan ( Hua Hin) and Phetchaburi (Cha-am) until November 1st.