Covid measures eased further ahead of Thailand’s reopening

Thailand will reduce the duration of the nightly curfew and allow more provinces to welcome fully vaccinated visitors, with more businesses reopening, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decided Thursday, ahead of the November reopening.

The CCSA agreed to shorten the curfew from 10 pm – 4 am to 11 pm – 3 am starting from October 16 for at least 15 days.

Five more provinces, Samut Prakan, Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Rayong, and Trat, will join the 10 provinces earlier announced as quarantine-free destinations for fully vaccinated visitors from November 1.

Those 10 provinces include Bangkok, Krabi, Phang-nga, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Chonburi, Ranong, Chiang Mai, Loei, and Buriram. 

Despite expectations that more countries identified as “low-risk” would be released on Thursday, the centre’s spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said the CCSA is still reviewing them. The current list includes the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, and Singapore.

“There are no more countries to be announced,” he said during a briefing. 

From October 16, department stores, as well as fresh and flea markets will be allowed to open until 10 pm, from 9 pm earlier, as well as all types of sport venues and public parks.

Exhibition malls and other meeting centres will be able to reopen with no more than 500 people attending, according to the CCSA. Water parks and amusement parks remain prohibited.

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