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Controls eased as Thailand opens up

On Saturday the number of dark-red provinces of maximum and strict Covid-19 control will fall from 29 to 23, the night curfew will be shortened and more businesses can resume, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced on Thursday.

The number of red provinces of maximum control will also decline, from 37 to 30, and orange-coded provinces rise from 11 to 24.

There will be no other provinces zoned for Covid controls.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the 23 dark-red provinces will be Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Chachoengsao, Tak, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Prachin Buri, Pattani, Ayutthaya, Yala, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Songkhla, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon and Saraburi.

The 30 red zones will be Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Chai Nat, Chaiyaphum, Chumphon, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Trang, Trat, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phatthalung, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phetchaburi, Maha Sarakham, Ranong, Lop Buri, Si Sa Ket, Satun, Sa Kaeo, Sing Buri, Suphan Buri, Surat Thani, Surin, Ang Thong, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani and Phetchabun.

The 24 orange provinces will be Krabi, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Phanom, Nan, Bung Kan, Buri Ram, Phayao, Phangnga, Phrae, Phuket, Mukdahan, Mae Hong Son, Yasothon, Roi Et, Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Sakon Nakhon, Sukhothai, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Uttaradit, Uthai Thani and Amnat Charoen.

In dark-red zones, the curfew will be from 11pm to 3am for at least the next 15 days, instead of the present 10pm-4am.

Convenience stores and markets could open until 10pm and also reopen their amusement zones

Cinemas, eateries, theatres, stadiums, public parks and shopping centres could stay open until 10pm.

Daycare centres for elderly people could reopen and all public transport vehicles could utilise all passenger seats.

Trade, convention and exhibition centres and the likes at hotels and department stores could organise meetings of up to 500 people, but food would have to be in individual servings,  people must wear face masks and meetings be limitied to two hours duration and end by  10pm.

Shopping centres, except those in dark-red zones, will be able to reopen game arcades but not water parks or amusement parks.

Limits for participants in gatherings will be raised to 50 in dark-red zones, 100 in red zones and 200 in orange zones.

Entertainment places will remain closed, including pubs, bars and karaoke shops, because of the high risk of disease transmission, Dr Taweesilp said.


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