New lockdown measures announced, three more provinces under tight control

New lockdown measures to prevent the spread of Covid were announced on Sunday in the Royal Gazette and will come into effect on July 20.

The lockdown measures, which were in effect in 10 provinces since July 12, will now apply to three other provinces starting from Tuesday onward.

These will now include Bangkok and Metropolitan Region (Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon), the four provinces in the South (Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla and Yala) and the three additional provinces including Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao and Chonburi.  

The new measures that will be applied in these provinces between July 20 and August 2 include:

  • Avoid leaving your residence unless it is necessary. Necessary travelling includes securing food, medicines, seeking healthcare, getting vaccinated and working.
  • A curfew between 21:00 and 04:00.
  • The setting up of checkpoints to screen, slowdown or block travelling out of these provinces.
  • The number of passengers on all public transportation must be no more than 50 per cent of the vehicle’s capacity. Social distancing must be applied on public transportation. Measures on public transpotation will start on Wednesday.
  • Restaurants and beverage stores can open for takeaway only. The closing time is 20:00.  
  • Malls can open but only for supermarkets, drug stores and vaccination centers. The closing time is 20:00.  
  • Hotels can open at normal time but no meetings, seminars and ceremonies.
  • Convenience stores must close between 20:00 and 04:00.
  • Schools will continue to be online only.
  • Other businesses that will be allow to open include hospitals, clinics, drug stores, general stores, factories, banks, brokers, ATMs, telecommunication, mails, pet stores, construction material, cooking gas providers, gas stations and deliveries.
  • A ban on any gathering with more than five people.

The government is expected to provide more details on the measures on Monday.

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