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Thailand’s State of Emergency Extended Until End of July 2020

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Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Chaired by Prime Minister has extended the state of emergency for another month, until July 31. The division comes after a meeting of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, considered the fifth phase of lockdown easing, the state of emergency, and the reopening of Thailand’s border to foreigners.

The CCSA reportedly extended the state of emergency to aid the fifth-phase easing. Furthermore the reopening of schools and colleges on July 1.

From July 1, shopping malls, schools and educational institutes will be able to operate as normal. While bars and entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen only if they possess a valid license. Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, announced this, after the committee approved the fifth phase of lockdown relaxation.

Bars, pubs and entertainment venues open till midnight

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Bars, pubs and entertainment venues will be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages, but will have to shut shop at midnight. These night venues are also required to ensure customers are seated at least a meter apart. Furthermore with tables separated by a two-meter space and 1.5-metre-high partitions.

Patrons are not allowed to share tables with strangers while servers must wear masks at all times. Even more, frequently touched areas, including; toilets, must be cleaned regularly; smoking areas clearly marked and the venues properly ventilated. Each business must also register with the ThaiChana platform before reopening.

Entertainment venues are not allowed to launch any promotions just yet as these will trigger crowds. These places must screen each customer; provide hand-sanitizing gel; limit customers to five per table; not serve alcoholic beverages in shared containers; and install CCTVs, recordings of which should not be deleted for a month. Above all so officers can check the situation periodically. Also, singing and dancing are strictly prohibited.

Operators of internet cafes and gaming centres must divide their customers into 3 groups:

• Patrons younger than 15 can use the service from 2pm to 8pm Monday to Friday; and 10am to 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

• Those aged between 15 and 18 can use the service from 2pm to 10pm on weekdays; and 10am to 10pm on weekends.

• Those aged above 18 can use the service at any time.

Internet cafes and gaming centres must provide a 4-square-metre area for each customer and ensure they check in via the ThaiChana platform. Users will be allowed to stay for no more than two hours each time, which will include 15 minutes for cleaning. Operators of these places are also required to install CCTVs and must save a month’s recording.

Meanwhile, massage parlous and spas holding valid licenses will be allowed to reopen, though all customers have to check in using the ThaiChana platform and are required to wear a mask at all times, except during a bath.

Spas and massage parlous are required to limit the number of customers and have their masseurs/masseuses and other employees checked frequently.

No new local covid-19 cases for 35 days

 

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Meanwhile, Thailand’s health department has reported on Monday that the Kingdom has gone 35 consecutive days without a local Covid-19 Coronavirus case. However health officials have confirmed 7 imported cases with Thai returnees.

The 7 imported covid-19 coronavirus cases brings the total number of infections in Thailand to 3,169 with 58 deaths since January. All the new cases were Thai nationals in quarantine. They recently returning from India and the US to Thailand.

There have been no local transmissions for 35 days Thailand’s health department said Monday.

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