6 June 2024

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has decided to shorten the night curfew by one hour, to 11pm until 3am effective June 1st.

General Somsak Rungsita, secretary-general of the National Security Council, said today that the CCSA found it necessary to retain a curfew to prevent people from social drinking, gambling and because alcohol sales are still banned in food outlets and restaurants.

He also said that the CCSA decided to ease inter-provincial travel restrictions, but has not yet decided to reopen beaches, except cultural, archaeological and heritage sites.

Shopping malls, he added, will be able to stay open until 9pm from Monday, but suggested that staying at home is the safest way to protect oneself against coronavirus.

Meanwhile, PM Office Minister Tewan Liptapallop will ask the Finance Ministry to set aside a budget for food subsidies, to be given to the country’s 250,000 monks, who are experiencing food shortages because the lockdown restrictions have prevented many of them from receiving alms from members of the public.

The minister said that a daily 60-baht food allowance would be sufficient for each monk.