Thai PM Announces More COVID-19 Restrictions

The Thai prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has decided that individual provinces will be in charge of determining curfew times and measures to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.
There are new guidelines on PM Prayut’s Facebook page about how hospitals should manage their beds to make sure that all COVID-19 patients have access. It discusses the screening that will help determine whether a potential patient should be admitted to a general hospital, a hospital, or a field hospital. There are also guidelines for recruiting volunteers to help with the hotlines.
Thai officials are thinking about how to decrease the required period of quarantine time inside a hospital, for asymptomatic cases, from two weeks to 10 days, with the remaining 4 days to be in isolation at a home.
Bangkok is seeing new rules about entertainment venues like boxing stadiums, race tracks, public swimming pools, game arcades, water parks, zoos, and theme parks. They are all going to be shuttered. Convenience stores, public parks, hair salons, and department stores will have to operate at limited hours.
31 provinces are now requiring face masks with a fine of 20,000 baht for those who dare to not wear them. Chiang Rai is one of the new provinces to be on this face maks list, but Chiang Mai is not on this list. If the COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the whole country will have to wear mask or get a fine.

A list of provinces is shown below that currently require face masks to be worn when outside. With the amount of Covid infections increasing, the list is sure to grow.

NORTHERN:

Chiang Rai
Phetchabun
Phrae
Lampun
Sukhothai
Tak
Uttaradit
NORTHEAST:

Chaiyaphum
Maha Sarakham
Mukdahan
Nong Khai
Si Sa Ket
Surin
Ubon Ratchathani
Udon Thani
Yasothon
CENTRAL AND EAST:

Ang Thong
Ayutthaya
Kanchanaburi
Phetchaburi
Prachin Buri
Rayong
Samut Sakhon
Suphan Buri

SOUTH:

Narathiwat
Pattani
Phangnga
Phatthalung
Phuket
Ranong
Satun
Surat Thani
Trang

In provinces that are not on this list, you will get a fine of up to 4,000 baht when you don’t wear a mask in public, under the Thai Communicable Disease Act.
There have been another 2,438 Covid-19 infections on April 25th,2021. The number is lower than the April 24th total of 2,839 new infections. On Sunday, April 25th, 2021, numbers tend to be lower because of provincial reporting.

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