The National Commission on Communicable Diseases has proposed shorter opening hours for restaurants and the closures of schools and amusement parks until the end of this month to help stem the spread of Covid-19, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said.
After the committee meeting at the Ministry of Health on Thursday, Anutin said the committee planned to declare all provinces red or orange Covid-19 control zones.
The Red Zone includes 18 provinces – Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Samut Prakan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Phuket, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, Songkhla, Tak, Udon Thani, Suphan Buri, Sa Kaeo , Rayong and Khon Kaen. The other 59 provinces will be in the orange zone.
Restaurants must be closed by 9 PM in red provinces and 11 PM in orange provinces.
Restaurants are prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages in all provinces. Schools, amusement parks, also in shopping centres and entertainment venues will be closed. Parties and activities with more than 50 people are prohibited. Family parties are still allowed.
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration will consider the proposal Friday, Anutin said. “All parties are expected to work together. The cycle of a new wave and its disease control takes about two weeks, ”he said.
He also encouraged the people and employers to support the practice of working from home to limit the movements of the people after the Songkran festival. In addition, he urged everyone to wear face masks that he said was the best way to control Covid-19.