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More provinces shutter public outlets to create social distance amid Covid-19 threat

After Bangkok announced the closing of 26 different locations in Bangkok from March 22 to April 12, to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, five neighbouring provinces — Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani — followed the capital with the same measures.

Besides schools and colleges, malls with the exception of supermarkets and pharmacies, will remain closed among numerous other retail and service businesses.

Meanwhile, provinces in different regions have also announced lockdowns to prevent the outbreak of Covid-19.

Chiang Mai has closed from March 19 to April 1 spa shops, health massage parlours, beauty salons, karaoke shops, game centres, fitness centres, theatres, playgrounds in malls, and walking street. It has also closed the boxing stadium, race course and chicken fighting stadium.

Chiang Rai has ordered the closure of some locations, from March 21 to April 3. They include spa shops, health massage parlours, beauty salons, karaoke shops, game centres, fitness centres, theatres, playgrounds in malls, and walking street plus boxing stadium, horse race course and chicken fighting stadium.

In addition, people have been told to avoid organising activities that include a large number of people; not more than 100 people can participate in an activity, or if there is a need to arrange the activities, people must sit not less than a metre apart.

Songkhla has closed some locations from March 20 to April 2. They include spa shops, health massage parlours, beauty salons, karaoke shops, game centres, fitness centres, theatres, and walking street. In addition, boxing stadium, horse race course, chicken fighting stadium, playgrounds, sports stadium and pool venues will be closed.

Government agencies have to cancel or postpone activities that involve a lot of people, such as sporting events, traditional activities, or activities with 50 or more participants.

The private sector must strictly screen people before they enter service places such as department stores, markets or petrol stations by taking their temperature and offering hand sanitiser.

Colleges, schools and tutorials must switch to online learning.

Phitsanulok has closed some locations from March 20 to April 2. They include spa shops, health massage parlours, beauty salons, karaoke shops, game centres, fitness centres, theatres, pubs, educational institutions, colleges, both public and private schools, and cram schools. Also closed are: boxing stadium, horse racetrack, chicken fighting stadium, sports stadium and pool venues.

Locals have been told to refrain from organising activities that include a large number of people unless it is an important activity and complies with the measures prescribed by Phitsanulok province

The private sector has to ensure strict screening of people before they enter service places such as department store, market, or petrol station by checking the temperature and providing hand sanitiser

Locals must avoid activities that would make people move across the province.

Ranong has temporarily closed some locations from March 20 to April 2. They include spa shops, health massage parlours, beauty salons, karaoke shops, game centres, fitness centres, theatres, pubs, educational institutions, sports stadium, boxing stadium, and theatre.

The use of border crossings for movement of people, vehicles and goods along the border of Ranong province has been suspended except at the permanent crossing point of Ranong-Koh Song island in the area of ​​the fish market pier.

Ratchaburi has temporarily closed some locations from March 20 to April 2. They include spa shops, beauty salons, karaoke shops, game centres, fitness centres, theatres, and pubs. In addition, boxing stadium, horse racing track, chicken fighting stadium, sports stadium, educational institutions, colleges, both public and private schools, and cram schools, department stores, fresh markets, walking street and massage houses have been temporarily closed.

Service providers have been told to strictly screen customers and follow health safety measure such as employees wearing face masks and keep clean with hand sanitisers.

People have been urged to refrain from organising activities that involves a large gathering.

Mae Hong Son has closed some locations for 14 days. They include spa shops, beauty salons, massage houses, karaoke shops, game centres, fitness centres, theatres and pubs.

Also closed are boxing stadium, horse racetrack, chicken fighting stadium, and sports stadium.

Locals have been told to refrain from organising activities that include a large number of people.

Fever screening measures have been increased for those travelling to Mae Hong Son province as follows:

 – Travellers using public buses and private vehicles at Mae Ping, Nartum, Mae Suong and Mae U Kho checkpoints;

– Travellers entering the country at all five temporary permitted areas — Baan Huai Phueng, Baan Nam Peang Din, Baan Huai Ton Noon, Baan Sao Hin, and Baan Mae Sam Lab;

– Fever screening points for travellers arriving at public transport stations, such as at airport, bus station, and bus terminal.

– Travellers staying in a hotel, homestay, including all types of accommodation.

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