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CCSA in Thailand considers limited business reopening, one shorter curfew but alcohol ban remains in place

CCSA in Thailand considers limited business reopening, one shorter curfew but alcohol ban remains in place

The administrative center for Covid19 containment, the CCSA, is today studying some proposals, such as shortening the curfew by one hour and resuming the opening of 11 types of businesses, such as movie theaters and spas.

If approved, curfews, which were put in place to help prevent coronavirus infections, would be shortened to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. instead of the current 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., according to a government source.

Also, 11 types of businesses and establishments — such as spas, movie theaters, restaurants with live bands, instructional schools, sports grounds and museums — could reopen, the source said.

However, the strictest public health measures are likely to be enforced in 29 dark red provinces, including Bangkok, the source said, adding that the coronavirus situation will be reviewed every 14 days.

Shortening curfews and resuming businesses are expected to be the top agenda at today’s CCSA meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The proposal will be presented to members of the assembly by a CCSA-appointed subcommittee asked to study the kingdom’s Covid-19 restrictions and determine when to relax them.

Sanan Angubolkul, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, said yesterday that if low-risk business could resume under strict health regulations, the economy would begin to recover in the fourth quarter.

Companies in Thailand are becoming slightly more optimistic about the kingdom’s economic prospects, as more vaccines were rolled out in the provinces and the price of antigen test kits fell, he said.

Today’s CCSA meeting will be crucial in sending a positive signal for the economy over the next three months, he said.

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