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It can’t be called a lockdown, but the Bangkokians have to stay home for two weeks

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It can’t be called a lockdown, but the Bangkokians have to stay home for two weeks

The following coverage has been edited to reflect the official restrictions announced by the CCSA this afternoon.

Thai authorities this afternoon approved stricter measures for Bangkok and nine other provinces where many businesses in shopping centres will have to close and are encouraging everyone to stay at home.

  1. As of next Monday, July 12, people living in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces, as well as several provinces in southern Thailand, will not be allowed to leave their homes between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m., the spokesman for the government said. 
  1. The task force has also proposed extending the emergency decree, which has been in effect since March 2020, until the end of September, pending cabinet approval.
  1. Due to these measures, shopping centres will be closed with the exception of supermarkets, banks, restaurants, cafes and pharmacies within them; who are allowed to work until 8 p.m.
  1. Outside the malls, restaurants and cafes are allowed to stay open until 8 pm, while convenience stores and night markets must be closed between 8 pm and 4 am.
  1. Public parks are allowed to remain open, but only until 8 pm. Massage parlours and spas will remain closed until further notice.
  1. Gatherings of more than five people are not allowed.

Greater Bangkok residents are urged to work from home unless their occupations, such as caregivers, require them to leave the home. Activities that are allowed include going outside to buy food and groceries, seeing a doctor and getting vaccinated.

The restrictions will affect a total of 10 provinces: Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Songkhla, Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala. Travel outside these provinces is restricted.

The hashtag #Lockdown has been a popular hashtag on Twitter in Thailand since yesterday, as officials hinted at tougher measures.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s very wealthy Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has stated that he will waive a three-month salary of Baht 125,590 (€3400.00) to ease the kingdom’s state burdens amid the crisis. Many citizens responded by saying that Prime Minister Prayut should instead pack his bags and resign.

“Instead of handing in three months’ salary, please resign. You’ve ravaged the country for seven years, but you’re only getting three months’ salary? Bastard,” wrote Twitter user @Kunsong6.

Thailand today marked another new record of Covid-19 infections and deaths with 9,276 and 72 respectively.

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