Interprovincial travel restrictions for ‘Dark Red’ zone begin Wednesday
Thailand’s Department of Land Transport announced today (Wednesday) that all interprovincial public transport services have been suspended for the 13 provinces under maximum control and restrictions, in accordance with the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) two-week lockdown measures for the “Dark Red” zone, while all domestic flights to and from the zone have been suspended.
The zone includes Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Chachoengsao, Ayutthaya, Yala, Pattani, Songkhla and Narathiwat. The travel restrictions will remain in force until August 2, but could be extended if the pandemic has not improved.
Checkpoints have been set up to screen travel in and out of the restricted zone. Interprovincial public vans suspended operations at 1pm today, while buses were almost empty. This morning, 30 public vans were in service, enabling people to travel back to their hometowns, such as Chon Buri and Rayong.
As for public buses in Bangkok, the number of passengers has reduced significantly, after the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority announced changes to the bus timetable, where busses will run from 5am-9pm at no more than 50% of their passenger capacity, to maintain social distancing.
Some passengers said that they had to wait for a long time for a bus, but they still feel safe as there are not many passengers.
Meanwhile, at Don Muang International Airport, many people booked their flights to fly back home yesterday, as it was the final day before the travel ban came into effect.
Many of them told Thai PBS they had decided to fly home due to the increasing number of infections, but that they also felt that the travel ban doesn’t help to reduce them.