As the Covid-19 situation in Thailand worsened in the past several weeks, Prime Minister Pratu Chan-O’Cha officially gave full authority to provincial governors for curfews and tougher restrictions to control the breakout in different areas.
Apart from new control zones and increases of the Covid-19 control measures implemented after Songkran, such as alcohol ban in restaurants, new closing times of department and convenience stores, school closures no large gatherings, etc., here is the summary of the provincial measures around Thailand, as of April 27th.
54 provinces nationwide have issued mask mandates with up to a 20,000 baht fine for violating. The law to prevent the spread of Covid-19 applies everywhere when you are in public places and even in your own car if with more than one person, regardless if they are family members or not.
The list of provinces with mask mandates are:
Central and East
Kanchanaburi (only in markets, weekend markets, and floating markets), Prachinburi, Phetchaburi, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Samut Sakhon, Lop Buri, Samut Prakan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chonburi, Sara Buri, Trat, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Chanthaburi, Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, Ang Thong, Sa Kaeo, and Nakhon Nayok
Yosothon, Nongkhai, Ubon Ratchathani, Chaiyaphum, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Srisaket, Surin, Udon Thani, Loei, Amnat Charoen, Buriram, Nakhon Phanom, Khon Kaen, and Kalasin
Sukhothai, Tak, Phetchabun, Utaradit, Lumpon, Phitsanulok, and Chiang Mai
Surat Thani, Trang, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phang Nga, Phuket, Ranong, Satun, Song Khla, and Yala
Additionally, the governors in six provinces, namely Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Surat Thani, Samut Prakan, Songkhla, and Samut Sakhon, have implemented a soft curfew, asking local residents not to leave their residential areas in the nighttime.
The scheduled times are:
- Nonthaburi – from 9:00 PM. to 4:00 AM.
- Pathum Thani – from 9:00 PM. to 4:00 AM.
- Surat Thani – from 10:00 PM. to 4:00 AM.
- Samut Prakan – from 9:00 PM. to 4:00 AM.
- Samut Sakhon – from 11:00 PM. to 4:00 AM.
- Songkhla: 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM
A variety of provinces have also implemented fourteen-day quarantines or Covid-19 tests for people traveling to them, especially from red zones. One should check in advance before traveling although the overall message right now is STAY HOME.
Many provinces have also closed venues above and beyond the government ordered restrictions which provincial governors have the ability to do. In some provinces, this includes massage shops, gyms, parks (such as Bangkok), alcohol sales bans everywhere in Sa Kaeo, and other provincial measures. One should check in their own province to determine what province-level restrictions may be. Some areas, like national parks or popular islands like Koh Samet or Koh Kood, have been closed entirely to the public.
There is no national Covid-19 curfew or lockdown, although the government is set to discuss further potential restrictions on Thursday.
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