The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), during its general meeting on 29 April 2021, approved tighter and stricter disease control measures in order to curb and contain the spread of COVID-19.
Results of the meeting, chaired by Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as Director of the CCSA, are as follows:
1. Because of the increase in new confirmed cases in various provinces, especially in Bangkok and its vicinity, the CCSA has approved the new COVID-19 zoning areas in Thailand. Six provinces, namely, Bangkok, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan, were categorized as maximum and strict controlled areas (dark red zone); 45 provinces were specified as maximum controlled areas (red zone); and the other 26 provinces are controlled areas (orange zone).
2. Different types of areas have new restrictions to contain COVID-19. For example, restaurants in the dark red zone (six provinces) will not be able to receive dine-in customers but will be able to receive takeaway orders until 9 p.m. Markets and convenience stores will be allowed to open from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m., and shopping centers will be allowed to open until 9 p.m.
In the maximum controlled area, which is the red zone, restaurants will be able to receive dine-in customers but will be closed at 9 p.m. and receive takeaway orders until 11 p.m. In the controlled area, or orange zone, restaurants will be able to receive customers until 11 p.m.
3. There are disease control measures that are nationwide and mandatory, including compulsory mask-wearing, the prohibition of gatherings of more than 20 people, the prohibition of the consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants, and the closure of pubs, bars, and karaoke venues. New restrictions will be in effect from 1 May 2021 at 00.00 hr (i.e., after midnight on 30 April). Details of the new zoning areas and disease control measures can be found in the social media platforms of the CCSA and the Government Public Relations Department (PRD).
- The CCSA has approved the extension of the quarantine period for all international travelers, regardless of their nationality or vaccination status, in order to reduce the risk of local transmission of new COVID-19 variants in Thailand.
All arrivals who hold Certificates of Entry (COE) issued on or later than 1 May 2021 will be required to undergo quarantine for a period of 14 days. Travelers who obtained their COE prior to 1 May 2021 and arrive in Thailand before 6 May will be quarantined for 7 or 10 days, depending on their vaccination status.
- The CCSA has officially approved the plan to inoculate 70 percent of all people residing in Thailand, with approximately 100 million doses, before the end of this year. Currently, the Government has secured 63 million doses of vaccines and is in the process of negotiating with various vaccine manufacturers to acquire an additional 37 million doses.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department