The Thai Government Has Decided How They Are Going To Deal With The Third Thai COVID-19 Outbreak

Thai authorities have decided to try and manage its way out of the recent COVID-19 surge. They will not impose curfews or lockdowns for the time being.
A plan has been announced by the Thai government to reduce the number of new COVID-10 cases by enacting an alcohol ban and early closing times.
Since the new surge started, the previous 3 days have seen the highest number of COVID-19 cases.
Most Songkran visitors will arrive on April 18, 2021. The government is closely monitoring Songkran traffic conditions.
Thailand’s COVID-19 committee has decided to designate 18 provinces as red zones. The rest will remain orange zones. The committee could change its mind if needed. Governors in the provinces will decide what the restrictions will be for their province.

The Red Zone provinces are the following:

  1. Bangkok
  2. Chiang Mai
  3. Chon Buri
  4. Samut Prakan
  5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
  6. Samut Sakhon
  7. Pathum Thani
  8. Nakhon Pathom
  9. Phuket
  10. Nakhon Ratchasima
  11. Nonthaburi
  12. Songkhla
  13. Tak
  14. Udon Thani
  15. Suphanburi
  16. Sa Kaeo
  17. Rayong
  18. Khon Kaen

The new restrictions went into effect on April 18th, 2021, and will remain in effect for about 2 weeks. Should the new surge continue, the new restrictions may be extended and even more restrictions may be placed.
All nightclubs, bars, entertainment venues, and nighlife will be closed in the orange and red zones around Thailand for the next two weeks. Even though schools are closed, they will still be closed since it is a school break. What will happen when the new term starts in mid-May?
Ther is no official curfew, but everything will have to close at 11 pm. This does sound like a curfew anyway.
The Thai PM said that the country has learned its lesson about having full lockdowns. they have been bad for small and large businesses. The lockdown last year was successful, but it came at an economic cost.
The Thai PM noted that the government did also successfuiully deal with the second wave tht was came from immigrants in Samut Sakhon. They dealt with that surge by using public health management and targeted restrictions.
During Songkran, the PM has been a leader in the fight against the new outbreak and is trying to speed up the vaccination rollout.
The government knew that Songkran travel could exacerbate the surge, but decided that there would a great economic cost if there was another Sonkran travel ban.\
Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya are, like other popular expay and holiday locations, taking their own steps to deal with the COVID-19 surge.
In Phuket, schools have to swtich to online classes (agaim, it doesn’t matter as they are on summber break). If there are exams, they should be done with COVID-19 restrictions. Phuket officials are going to hotels and checking to see if the hotels and the touriests are following COVID-19 precautions.
If you live in Chiang Mai, the provincial governor has decided that they could avoice travel to these 5 districts: San Kamphaemg, Saraphi, Hang Dong, San Sai, and Muang (downtown Chiang Mai).
The Mayor of Pattaya told the world that the city’s popular post-Songkran events have been cancelled for Sunday and Monday (April 18th and 19th). The Wan Lai Naklua Festival and Kong Khao Ritual have been cancelled. The SME Connext Goods Expo and The Kite Festival will continue to Monday The 19th.

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