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Thailand Announces new COVID-19 Disease Control Measures

Our member company, Wissen & Co. has kindly provided a translation of the new Covid-19 regulations just released:

On 18 July 2021, the CCSA (Center for Covid19 Situation Administration) imposed tighter Covid-19 disease control measurements for high-risk provinces, i.e., Bangkok Metropolis, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakarn, Samut Sakhon, Narathiwat, Pattalung, Yala, Songkhla, and also three more provinces, Chonburi, Chachoengsao and Ayutthaya, since the number of new daily infections continues to rise. In this connection, below we have summarised the measures that will be imposed:

1. Set stay-at-home orders to limit people leaving their residences without a reasonable excuse, e.g., to seek for medical treatment, to receive vaccinations, or to buy consumer goods that is necessary for living, to perform work that cannot be done from home, etc. People leaving their residences must strictly comply with the disease prevention measures announced by the authorities.

2. Curfew from 21.00 hours to 04.00 hours of the next day, except strictly necessary as per above or for specific activity with permission issued by the authorities.

3. The following services can be opened with conditions and measures specified by the authorities:

  • Restaurants and those selling food and beverages can provide only delivery and takeaway services and can be opened up to 20.00 hrs only;
  • Only supermarkets, pharmacies and area for vaccination services in department stores, shopping centers and community malls or places which have similar business as shopping malls can be opened and up to 20.00 hrs only;
  • Hotels can operate in their normal hours but meetings, seminars and banquets are not allowed;
  • Convenience stores and fresh markets can be opened up to 20.00 hrs only. Convenience stores opened 24 hours have to close from 20.00 hrs to 4.00 hrs of the next day; and
  • Hospitals, medical facilities or clinics for medical treatment, pharmacies, normal shops, factories, securities businesses, financial businesses, banks, ATMs, telecommunication businesses, post and parcel delivery businesses, animal food stores, construction equipment shops, gas shops, gas stations and delivery businesses are allowed to open as necessary.

4. All public transportation shall limit passenger numbers to 50% of the capacity.

5. No social gatherings for more than five persons, unless allowed by the authorities. All meetings, seminars and training of private and public sectors shall preferably take place through electronic channels.

6. Operation of private sector businesses are requested to work from home.

These measures will be effective from Tuesday 20 July 2021, except measures for public transportation which will be effective from 21 July 2021. These measures will be effective for at least another 14 days from the effective date.