The Thai government will be discussing further restrictions for “high-risk” provinces on Thursday, April 15th, 2021, and Friday, April 16th, 2021 as Covid-19 cases increase at a national level on a daily basis.
The proposed restrictions, which authorities caution against calling a full-fledged lockdown, will be discussed first at a smaller Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meeting on Thursday, April 15th, 2021, led by General Natthaphon Nakaphanich, Secretary-General of the National Security Council.
The proposals will, according to General Natthaphon, primarily be discussed for Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chonburi (Pattaya), and the Prachuap Khiri Khan area (Hua Hin.) These are all popular domestic tourist areas and as a result have seen the bulk of the current cases associated with a cluster that originally stemmed from entertainment venues, according to authorities, that have already been closed in 41 provinces for at least two weeks.
General Natthaphon did not specifically state what restrictions would be on the table or possibilities. He noted that the current cases of Covid-19 were over 90% asymptomatic, with most people affected being 18-29 years old. He stated, however, the concern would be cases spreading to the elderly or vulnerable.
On Friday, April 16th, 2021, the proposals will be brought to a full-scale meeting of the CCSA and relevant agencies the Ministry of Public Health at 1:30 P.M. that will be led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan O’Cha and done via video conferencing. It is possible announcements may be made immediately following the meeting.
Provincial governors have already made some closure decisions in the high-risk provinces, with Hua Hin and Chiang Mai stopping alcohol sales in restaurants for instance, or Chonburi closing cinemas.
TPN will keep you updated as more information is released. As of press time, only entertainment venues and cinemas/theaters remain closed in Chonburi, with no quarantine or entry rules to enter or leave the province.