The latest dine-in restrictions in Thailand
Although health authorities in Thailand said the recent wave of COVID-19 has peaked, a new set of restrictions were still imposed starting from 1st May to curb the spread of the virus. In this Pacific Prime Thailand article, we will explain the details of the latest dine-in restrictions.
The recent wave of coronavirus cases
Since early April 2021, a third-wave outbreak of COVID-19 has begun, with COVID-19-related infections and deaths spiking. This involves the highly transmissible B.1.1.7 variant and has accounted for about half of the country’s total cases and deaths.
The Bangkok Post reports the following key figures for Thailand as of May 6th 2021:
New daily cases: 2112
Total cases till date: 74,900
Total deaths till date: 318
Three-tier domestic anti-COVID-19 measures
The latest restrictions are applied based on how provinces rank on a three-tier system of zones, according to their number of new COVID-19 cases. In other words, provinces with more new coronavirus cases will rank higher and will need to impose more stringent measures.
Deep Red (Highest number of cases)
Bangkok and Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan provinces
Red (Medium number of cases)
Ang Thong, Chachoengsao, Chaiyaphum, Chanthaburi, Chiang Rai, Kamphaeng Phet, Kanchanaburi, Khon Kaen, Lampang, Lamphun, Lopburi, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nan, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Phetchabun, Phetchaburi, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phuket, Prachinburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong, Ratchaburi, Rayong, Roi Et, Sa Kaeo, Samut Sakhon, Saraburi, Sisaket, Songkhla, Sukhothai, Suphanburi, Surat Thani, Tak, Trang, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Yala provinces
Orange (Lowest number of cases)
All other provinces, including Buriram and Phang Nga
In the worst-tier Deep Red Zone provinces such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and four other provinces, restaurants can only provide delivery and takeout services until 9 pm, among other restrictions such as:
- Gatherings of more than 20 people are strictly prohibited.
- Grocers, convenience stores, and markets can open from as early as 4 am until 11 pm.
- Shopping malls can open until 9 pm but are banned from organizing any promotional events.
- All gyms, fitness centers, and other indoor sports venues must close.
- Outdoor sports fields or courts can open until 9 pm.
- No spectators are allowed at sporting competitions.
- Residents are strongly discouraged, though not banned, from traveling outside the zone.
- Over 30 types of businesses are ordered to close including cinemas, parks, zoos, bars, pools, and massage parlors.
- Residents not wearing a mask will be warned first, and repeat offenders could face a maximum fine of up to THB ฿20,000.
In middle-tier Red Zone provinces, eateries are allowed to stay open until 11 pm but cannot offer dine-in services after 9 pm. Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned.
In the few Orange Zone provinces, restaurants can serve customers inside until 11 pm. Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned.
Serving alcohol is prohibited in all these three zones.
The above rules will be in effect from May 1 and continue for trial for at least two weeks.
New quarantine requirements for travellers
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration has mandated that expats arriving from abroad must spend 14 days in quarantine at their own expense regardless of where they come from or whether they have been vaccinated or not. Exemptions from the 14-day quarantine rule are in place for people who have obtained a Certificate of Entry issued by April 30 and arrive by May 5; these passengers will undergo quarantine for 7 days if they are vaccinated or 10 days if they are not.
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