23 May 2024

Fifteen communities in the municipal area of Chiang Mai province were locked down yesterday (Thursday) until November 24th by the provincial governor, as COVID-19 infections continue to spread.

Everyone living in the communities is being required to take COVID-19 tests and receive vaccine shots, while employers in the area were told to bring their foreign migrant workers for COVID-19 tests and vaccinations.

People living in other areas of the province have been advised to avoid the 15 communities, while those living there were asked not to travel outside, unless it is absolutely necessary.

The 15 communities placed under lockdown, which are classified as “red zones”, include Pa Paeng-Wang Singkham, Baan Oon-aree, Papao, Chiang Yuen, Sri Mongkhon, Baan Kootao, Chang Klarn, Keha Nong Hoi 1, Keha Nong Noi 2, Keha Chiang Mai, Samakkhi Pattana, Erawan, Srivichai, Koo Poo Loon and Lok Molee.

Business activities in the “red zones” also have these restrictions applied:

  • Convenience stores, markets, beauty salons, spas and tattoo shops can continue business as usual, but must close at 10pm.
  • Steam services, flea markets and parties are prohibited.
  • Air-conditioned eateries must limit their customers to 50% of their seating capacity, or 75% if there is no air-conditioning. They must close at 10pm and serving of alcoholic drinks is not allowed.

Violators will be liable to a fine of not exceeding 20,000 baht.

According to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), 391 new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Thursday. There are currently about 30 clusters in the province, according to the provincial health office.