New measures to be implemented in Bangkok, 5 other provinces


For 30 days starting on Monday (June 28), new measures will be implemented in Bangkok to help curb the worst coronavirus outbreak in Thailand.

The new restrictions include:
— ban on restaurant dine-ins in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, and Nakhon Pathom

— shopping malls in Bangkok and neighboring provinces must be closed by 9pm.

— parties, celebrations, or activities with more than 20 people will be banned for the same duration

— construction sites in Bangkok and the five provinces will be closed and workers’ camps will be sealed off to contain clusters

The order followed the emergence of more clusters in construction camps in the capital, which has 575 such sites housing about 81,000 workers, Bangkok Post reported.

The document also stated that to limit travel and relocation of construction workers, Bangkok and the five provinces will have checkpoints, adding that there will also be checkpoints in the country’s four southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla and Yala.

#BangkokLockdown was trending on Twitter in the early hours into Sunday, with internet users criticising the timing of the announcement and saying they were taken by surprise by the new measures, the report said.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Friday he wanted to avoid the word lockdown and that specific businesses and activities would be targeted to contain the virus, the report added.

The new measures have already been published in the Royal Gazette on Saturday night.

Source: Bangkok Post

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