Thai Bits and Crime: The Bangkok Government Is Easing COVID-19 Restrictions, Thai Monks Charged With Violating COVID-19 Rules After Partying

Bangkok Government Changes The COVID-19 Restrictions

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced that it was revising a province’s order to align it with the national measures set by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and to allow parks, sports stadiums, department stores, and other venues to reopen following the decision to ease restrictions.
The CCSA has ordered that restaurants, including those in shopping centers, can resume dine-in service until 8 pm. Restaurants are still prohibited from selling or serving alcohol. The capacity of open-air restaurants is 75%, while that of air-conditioned restaurants is 50%.
The curfew still applies from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., and convenience stores must close at 8 p.m. Organizers are asked to limit gatherings to no more than 25 people and to avoid activities that may spread Covid-19.

From September 1, 2021:

Barbershops and hair salons can operate, but services cannot last longer than one hour per client, and appointments must be made in advance.
Massage parlors and spas can open, but they can only offer foot massages and appointments must be made in advance.
Fresh markets and flea markets are often open until 8 p.m.
Shopping centers, community malls, and similar establishments may stay open until 8 p.m.
An appointment is required for aesthetic clinics, medical clinics for beauty services, and cosmetic clinics.
Public parks, sports fields, sports complexes, and outdoor swimming pools are open until 8 p.m. Events and competitions are not open to spectators.
It is to remain closed.
Entertainment venues, schools, cinemas, water parks, amusement parks, fitness centers, and arcades must remain closed.

Thai Crime: 8 Monks Punished For Breaking COVID-19 Rules And Partying

7 monks and 1 friend found eating and drinking recently, 4 of whom were abbots, have been defrocked from the monkhood, fined, and given suspended jail sentences for breaking Covid containment measures. Police raided Wat Pansao in Chiang Mai following complaints from residents. The Bangkok Post reports that the monks were treated to a generous spread of food, including roasted pork paired with beer.
In the wake of the monk bust and the ruined dinner party, the 8 defendants were indicted in a Chiang Mai court. The two are accused of violating the Disease Control Act and the Emergency Decree, which was implemented to combat the spread of Covid-19. At Wat Upakhut last night, the monastic chief of Chiang Mai expelled the monks from the order. Recently, eight defendants appeared in court again. The sentence was 15 days in jail, suspended for 1 year, and a fine of 10,000 baht. They were abbots from Wat Pansao, Wat Yang Kuang, Wat Hua Fai, and Wat Ban Ping.

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