The spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, has requested that provinces deemed “high risk” for Covid-19 stop in-person dining and close entertainment venues.
This would include Chonburi, as well as other high risk provinces like Rayong, Samut Sakhon and parts of Bangkok ( Nong Khaem, Bang Phlat and Bang Khun Thian).
Chonburi had originally banned in person dining on December 30th but eased restrictions on restaurants yesterday, December 31st. Rayong had also allowed restaurants to re-open but forbids alcohol sales.
The Pattaya News notes that the statements from the CCSA are a “request” not an order, but many governor’s are reluctant to impose harsh measures that impact millions of people, especially food cart vendors and outside “noodle shops” etc. Most of the provinces and high risk areas have already closed all entertainment venues however.
Meanwhile, the districts of Nong Khaem, Bang Phlat and Bang Khun Thian in Bangkok have entered highly controlled status and Bangkok has shut many venues such as playgrounds, boxing stadiums, snooker and pool halls, tattoo parlors and gyms. Police Captain Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, spokesperson for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says they will speak to Dr. Taweesin and the CCSA tomorrow, January 2nd, about their concerns on closing in person dining at restaurants.