Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has issued Regulation No. 18, easing restrictions on COVID-19 measures, starting on 1 February 2021, since efforts to contain COVID-19 transmission in the country show satisfactory results to a certain extent.
The regulation, issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005), came after a meeting of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on 29 January 2021. It was also published in the Royal Gazette on the same day.
The regulation aims to enable certain economic and social activities to continue, along with the implementation of public health measures for the sake of the people’s safety. The relaxation of measures against COVID-19 will be carried out in stages, based on the situation in each area.
According to the regulation, Samut Sakhon is the only province classified as a “maximum and strict control zone.” The maximum control zone includes Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan. The Medical and Public Health Emergency Operations Center, the Ministry of Interior, and CCSA have been instructed to jointly assess the COVID-19 situation and classify the remaining provinces into control, high surveillance, and surveillance zones.
The use of buildings and premises of schools and all other educational institutions is allowed for teaching or any activities deemed appropriate, except those situated in the maximum and strict control zone.
The governor of a province classified as a maximum and strict control zone is empowered to order the temporary closure of certain venues that are at risk of spreading the disease. Certain businesses and activities are allowed to reopen under certain conditions.
In the maximum control zone, restaurants may operate as usual, with a limited number of diners, but after 23.00 hr, only takeaway service is allowed. Stadiums and fitness grounds may host matches, but with no spectators.
In the control zone, the reopening of pubs, bars, and karaoke venues is allowed until 23.00 hr. Restaurants may open until 23.00 hr, while alcohol may be served until 23.00 hr, as well.
In the high surveillance zone, the reopening of pubs, bars, and karaoke venues is allowed until 24.00 hr. Restaurants may open until 24.00 hr, while alcohol may be served until 24.00 hr, as well.
In the surveillance zone, various venues, businesses, and activities can be reopened, but they must comply with measures against COVID-19 and other related regulations and laws.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department