Bangkok Metropolitan Administration enacts restrictions and closure measures of most “high risk venues” at midnight tonight


Along with three districts entering highly controlled status that we reported on earlier today, Police Lieutenant Colonel Pongsakorn Khwanmuang of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced that Bangkok will take additional measures of closing and restricting high risk venues in overall Bangkok at Midnight tonight until further notice.

This also comes after an announcement on the closure of all schools until at least January 17th that are part of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

The enclosed venues include entertainment venues (like bars and nightclubs), water parks, amusement parks, playgrounds, children’s play equipment in markets, flea markets, snooker tables, arcade venues, game cafes, internet cafes, cockfighting grounds and other animal fighting grounds, nurseries and childcare, boxing stadiums,  martial arts schools, gyms, horse racing, Wet massages (soapies), massage parlors, all sports stadiums, banquet and conference rooms, amulet and religious stores, preschools, child development centers, tattoo shops and acupuncture shops.

Department stores and malls will be allowed to stay open, for now, with strict control measures.

Restaurants will be discussed tomorrow with the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), who requested earlier today to restrict restaurant in high risk zones to take away only. The BMA has “concerns” with this request and the economic impact and will speak with the CCSA about it.

Nong Khaem, Bang Phlat and Bang Khun Thian districts are under a highly controlled status and will also have checkpoints in and around the area according to the BMA.

The BMA also said additional measurements may be implemented over the weekend to control Covid-19 overall.

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