The Thai Cabinet Committee today, July 13th, has approved a 4.2 billion baht financial remedy for five occupational groups that were crucially affected by strict Covid-19 measures in 10 maximum control provinces, as mandated by the Thai government.
The financial aid also includes the reduction of electricity and water bills for two months, from July to August for electricity bills and from August to September for water bills-but only for the maximum control provinces.
According to the report, the compensation is categorized to help workers both in and out of the social security system who were affected by business closures and other pandemic control measures in the maximum control provinces.
The compensation will be applied in multiple occupational groups, with 5 new groups added to a previous list of those eligible for financial aid, including those who are working in the transportation and storage location fields, wholesale and retail field, the automotive repair field, the administrative / science / academic activities support field, and information and education field.
The assistance period would be applicable for one month. Employees under section 33 of Thai social security would receive a subsidy of 2,500 baht per person, while those who are compensated would receive a 50 percent compensation of their wages, with a total of not more than 10,000 baht per person.
Eligible entrepreneurs would individually receive 3,000 baht per employee working in their business, limited to no more than 200 employees. Employees under section 39 and section 40 of social security would also receive 5,000 baht per person.
Additionally, a government loan would be a subsidy for the reduction of water and electricity. It was also reported that more financial measures to reduce schools’ tuition fees in the first semester as a special case due to the online learning adaptation in the pandemic period would be forthcoming.
TPN media notes, however, that these measures are only for the “Maximum Control” provinces and not for Chonburi and the hard-hit entertainment and tourism sectors.
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