Thailand shuts down border, instructs people with health problems not to travel


BANGKOK — The government on Wednesday issued the first bunch of measures under the emergency decree ordering senior citizens and those susceptible or with vulnerable health conditions to avoid going outside unless needed.

Traveling into Thailand through its land, sea, and air border checkpoints will also be prohibited, with several exceptions. In addition, facilities in the capital such as playgrounds, nightclubs, and sports venues will continue to be closed down for an unlimited period.

Violators will serve two years in prison under the 2005 Royal Decree on Emergency Situations.

The announcements, which Khaosod English translated to English include:
  • Governors can ban the public from entering any designated areas
  • Venues with high risks of infection in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon, will remain closed, such as nightclubs, spas, gyms, sports stadiums, and massage parlors.
  • Land, sea, and air travels into Thailand will be denied with the exception of goods transportation, diplomatic missions, foreigners who hold work permits in Thailand, Thai citizens with embassy permits and health certificates, and any other journeys exempted by the Prime Minister.
  • Hoarding goods related to food, drinking water, and medical supplies will be arrested and prosecuted.
  • Large gatherings will be banned.
  • News coverage that contains false information or cause panic or affects national security will be censored, and those responsible for the contents punished.
  • People under 5 and over 70 will be asked to stay home. They should only journey outside for medical appointments, banking activities, buying their food, contacting the police, carrying out law enforcement orders, among other essential activities.
  • Those with preexisting health conditions are also asked to stay indoors.
  • Commuting between provinces is discouraged, and those who travel to another province will be required to undergo health checks and give their personal details for a possible quarantine order.
  • Shops selling essential goods and services will continue to operate, including banks, factories, markets, financial institutions, gas stations, and online deliveries.

Source: Khaosod English
Photo: Panorama-Destination

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