More lockdown easing measures to come including reopening on-site schools

Fully reopening on-site public and private schools, horse racing tracks and sports stadiums with live audiences will be considered by the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)’s subcommittee next week, its subcommittee said on Friday. 

Most businesses can now reopen if they continue to practice social distancing measures with the exception of large businesses that bring in large crowds.

Horse racing tracks and sports stadiums will have to observe similar rules once reopened. 

Fans of the Thailand League will be pleased as they are expected to kick off the 2020-2021 season on September 12. 

Somsak Roongsita, the secretary-general of the National Security Council in charge of the subcommittee on reopening businesses and public activities, said concerts will still be allowed in spite of the news that people were not practising social distancing measures at recent concerts.

The police said in July that they were going to charge the organizers of the concerts held in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Krabi on July 24 and 25 for allowing some attendees to stand, sing and dance close to each other without wearing face masks.   

Somsak added that strict social distancing measures must be observed at future venues.

Local authorities in Nakhon Si Thammarat are now offering free coronavirus tests for anyone who attended concerts between August 4 and 5 to lessen public concern. 

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the CCSA’s spokesperson, said on Friday that the government is also considering easing social distancing regulations for public transportations and entertainment venues.

This includes lifting the empty seat requirement between passengers, allowing airlines to sell or serve food and drinks on flights, and opening entertainment venues until 2 in the morning.    

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