The Rayong Communicable Disease Committee gave an update to the press this afternoon led by Lieutenant Phirun Haemarak, Deputy Governor of Rayong, along with Dr. Sunthorn Phumikarnkij and Phra Thep Sittiwet, a prominent Rayong monk.
The meeting addressed the current Covid-19 situation in the province and the announcement on Friday, January 29th, from the Thai government that changed the provinces risk status and allows further restrictions of Covid19 related measures. However, importantly, governors can choose to strengthen the restrictions if they choose.
Rayong province has opted to do so, stating the situation is getting better but they are still finding a case here and there and want to ensure everything is safe before a full reopening.
The Rayong government said they understand the situation business owners face and sympathize and said they should be allowed to open soon. However, they would not give a definitive date.
Schools will still open tomorrow, February 1st in the province. Travel restrictions to and from the province will also be lifted so one does not need written permission from authorities to enter or leave as before as the province lowers its risk status.
Venues that will remain closed, according to the conference, are pubs, bars, nightclubs, karaokes, soapies, cockfighting courts, all kinds of entertainment venues, arcades, boxing stadiums, public swimming pools, fitness venues, gyms, water parks, tattoo shops, fishing ponds, and shrimp fishing ponds. Essentially, everything still closed remains closed.
Chonburi, meanwhile, plans to reopen almost all of the above effective tomorrow, except cockfighting courts.
Rayong monks also performed a blessing at the press conference, praying for Rayong. One additional case was found in Rayong today, an asymptomatic factory worker whose contacts are being traced.
The order, in Thai, can be found here.