COVID-19 closures and restrictions extended to end of August in Bangkok
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced today (Monday) the extension of COVID-19 restrictive measures, including closures of several venues and delivery-only service for eateries located in shopping malls, until the end of August, following the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) extension and expansion of lockdown measures.
The closure order, most of which in place since mid-June, includes schools, nightclubs, pubs, karaoke bars, soapy massage parlours, health massage parlours and spas, public parks and botanical gardens, cockfighting rings, fish fighting venues, cinemas, theatres, zoos, museums, skate parks, rollerblade rinks, swimming pools, internet and game cafes, gyms, snooker and billiard halls, gyms, libraries, exhibition and convention halls, learning centres, science parks, art galleries, childcare and child development centres, nursing homes, boxing rings and schools, martial arts gyms, dance schools, horse race tracks, buddha amulet shops, beauty clinics, and salons, tattoo parlours, all sports competition venues, conference venues and seminar halls.
Supermarkets, convenience stores, markets and restaurants must close at 8pm. Eateries in malls can only open for deliveries, but not take-away service, to reduce crowding.
Restrictions have, however, been eased for construction workers, many of whom were infected with the virus, as the outbreak among them has been largely contained. They are now allowed to move within “sealed routes”, from their housing facilities to construction sites.
Violators of the Communicable Diseases Act face up to one year in prison and/or a maximum fine of 100,000 Baht on conviction, while those found to be in violation of the Emergency Decree face up to two years in prison and/or a maximum fine of 40,000 Baht.