The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced today that they will be meeting formally next Monday, February 22nd, to discuss easing restrictions and measures around controlling the Covid-19 coronavirus.
This was originally expected this week but as the Prime Minister, Prayut Chan O’Cha is occupied with the Parliament censure/no-confidence debate this week the formal meeting around Covid-19 restrictions was moved to next Monday.
The meeting is likely to address the color-coded status of provinces in the country which also, based on status, control restrictions and measures around Covid-19. Bangkok, for instance, is a “red” zone and alcohol sales at restaurants are prohibited, as well as bars and nightlife closed.
In nightlife dependent Chonburi, which is an “orange zone”, this means that although nightlife is open it has to be closed by 11:00 P.M.
Both areas are hoping the consideration for looser restrictions will change or ease the zone status and ease restrictions. A preliminary meeting for easing restrictions is scheduled for Thursday, February 18th. Proposals made at this meeting will be brought to the final meeting next Monday, February 22nd.
We will cover in full any announcements made next Monday, February 22nd. It is not a guarantee that any measures eased would take effect on the same day as well, they may be announced to be eased at a later date. Any measures eased would also need provincial approval from a governor. For instance, if a governor of a province wanted to strengthen rules (As Rayong did by keeping a ban on nightlife for several days after it was lifted in other orange zones) the governor has that ability, but they may not further ease rules.