GRAPHIC: Six provinces including Bangkok declared under strictest disease control zone

The new restrictions will be imposed on May 1 onwards without curfews nor lockdowns introduced, according to the CCSA

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), chaired by PM Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, has resolved today to reinforce the Covid-19 situation administration zoning, which sees six provinces including Bangkok placed under the maximum and strict control zone, while 45 more under the maximum control zone, and the rest of 26 controlled zone.

The new adjustment of disease control zoning is aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19, which is so fast this time due to the UK variant.

The government before the Songkran holiday, which started from April 12 to 15, refused to declare maximum control zoning as recommended by the noted virologist Professor Dr. Yong Poovorawan, who had learned about the variant and issued a warning that the country could see the rise of new infection cases up to 170 times from the last year’s, which was around 10 cases a day.

On April 16, it decided to place 18 provinces under the maximum control zone, and 59 more under the controlled zone in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus, which by then already spread to all 77 provinces, with the new high of new infection cases for the second day, over 1,500.

Under the new zoning, the maximum and strict control zone means provinces with new patients over 100 a day for one week. The maximum control zone means provinces with new patients over 10 a day for one week, according to the CCSA’s spokesperson Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin.

Under these three zones, different degrees of restrictions on various activities and venues will be imposed from May 1 onwards.

“We will not lockdown nor impose curfews, thus staying away from public gatherings and working from home would pretty much help, and we need to ask for your cooperation, “said Dr. Taweesin.

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Maximum and strict control zone (Dark Red): Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathumthani, Samut Prakarn, Chon Buri, and Chiang Mai in the North

The following venues and activities will be closed or refrained;

* Entertainment venues, pubs, bars, karaoke

* Schools, educational institutions, and tutorial schools

* Indoor stadiums, indoor gyms, and fitness centers

*Other high-risk venues

*Inter-provincial travels without necessity

The following venues and activities are allowed under strict disease control measures;

*Department stores or shopping malls until 9 pm

*Supermarkets, convenient stores, night markets, walking streets until 11 pm

* Restaurants; no dining, only takeaways until 9 pm

* Gathering of no more than 20 people

Maximum control zone (Red): 45 provinces

The following venues and activities will be closed or refrained;

* Entertainment venues, pubs, bars, karaoke

* Schools, educational institutions, and tutorial schools

The following venues and activities are allowed under strict disease control measures;

*Department stores or shopping malls until 9 pm

*Supermarkets, convenient stores, night markets, walking streets until 11 pm

* Restaurants, dining-in until 9 pm and takeaways until 11 pm

* Indoor stadiums, indoor gyms, and fitness centers until 9 pm

*Other high-risk venues until 9 pm and with limited audience

* Gathering of no more than 50 people

* Inter-provincial travels with strict checkpoints

Controlled zone (Orange): 26 provinces

The following venues and activities will be closed or refrained;

* Entertainment venues, pubs, bars, karaoke

* Schools, educational institutions, and tutorial schools

The following venues and activities are allowed under strict disease control measures;

*Department stores or shopping malls until 9 pm

*Supermarkets, convenient stores, night markets, walking streets until 11 pm

* Restaurants, dining-in until 11 pm

* Indoor stadiums, indoor gyms, and fitness centers with strict disease control rules

*Other high-risk venues with strict disease control rules and limited audience

* Gathering of no more than 50 people

* Inter-provincial travels with strict checkpoints

All zones must follow mandatory face mask wearing in public areas.

Credit: CCSA/ PRD