The administration centre for the Covid19 situation, CCSA for short, will make final decisions on the so-called “Deep Red” zones for Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Chiang Mai and Chonburi in the very near future, probably already today. , perhaps other provinces will be added to this.
In the meantime, Thailand has divided dozens of provinces into colour-coded zones that help determine restrictions and measures used to help prevent the potential spread of Covid-19.
As the recent wave of infections in the country has spread in recent weeks, the CCSA is discussing changing the current system, which ranks provinces from green to red. Currently, eighteen provinces are “Red” with higher restrictions and the remaining provinces in the country are orange. Some measures, such as the closure of entertainment venues, have taken place across the country.
In addition, provincial governors have the option to impose their own restrictions and tighten the rules of the CCSA, with some counties banning the sale of alcohol, requiring Covid-19 testing or quarantine to enter the county, and a variety to close other businesses such as gyms, movie theatres, tattoo shops, massage shops, etc.
It should be noted that the provincial governors cannot relax the restrictions set at the national level by the CCSA.
The National Security Council met with the CCSA yesterday and discussed the proposal for a deep red zone, which is intended to tighten the rules even further in the counties with the highest number of Covid-19 cases.
The Thai government dislikes using the word “lockdown” for several reasons, although the measures being discussed seem likely to be closer to a total shutdown than what is currently in force.
However, it is important to note that no definitive measures have been taken yet and the general idea is still a proposal, although the CCSA could make announcements as early as today.
A four-day holiday weekend is planned for this weekend due to Labor and Coronation Day, but the government is encouraging people not to travel. The new measures may be announced ahead of the weekend to further discourage travel.