Thailand is expected to ease restrictions on Covid-19 today

May 20 An important meeting will take place in Thailand to discuss the easing of restrictions and possibly the abolition of the Thai passport.

This Friday, May 20, the Covid Center will consider easing restrictions on entertainment venues such as bars and pubs, adjusting the zoning of Covid-19, and reducing the national alert level from level 3 to level 2. -19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said yesterday that as the situation in Covid-19 continues to improve, with fewer infections and deaths, the CCSA will consider easing restrictions based on the situation.

According to him, the measures to be discussed include changing zones, reducing the level of warning and easing restrictions, such as allowing bars, bars and karaoke bars to fully open in some places, especially in tourist areas.

At present, some of these places are allowed to open as “restaurants”, as long as they meet the requirements of the government.

See: Bars and nightclubs in Thailand may open on January 16, but as restaurants

Khathawut Thongthai, president of the Association of Entertainment Professionals, said nightclub operators hope the CCSA will make it easier to fight the virus and allow businesses to reopen.

Their representatives met with General Supojumi Malaniyom, head of the CCSA operations center, on Thursday to discuss resuming their business ahead of the CCSA meeting.

General Supojus said on Thursday that the proposed upgrade would be referred to the CCSA for consideration.

End of Thai passport?

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Wednesday, May 11, that the Thai permit could be revoked because less than 10 visitors a day are infected.

See: Thailand will consider changing its Thai permit on May 20th

However, a priori, this is not one of the measures that will be discussed today, even if we should not lose hope, because the relief offered at the last meeting, especially the end of the Covid-19 tests and the Test program & Go, surprised everyone.

There has been a decrease in new cases of Covid-19

According to the Covid-19 Information Center, 6,305 new infections and 42 coronavirus-related deaths were reported yesterday and 1,104 are still being treated for pneumonia.

Daily number of COVID-19 infected in Thailand on 2 May fell below 10,000 for the first time and continues to decline gradually.

The highest number this year was 28,379 on April 1.

New zones and lower alert level

There are currently only two types of Covid-19 areas: ‘tourist sandboxes’ or ‘blue’ areas and ‘high surveillance’ or ‘yellow’ areas.

The proposed redistribution would include some provinces in intermediate ‘green’ or ‘surveillance’ zones, which generally have fewer Covid-19 restrictions than ‘yellow’ zones.

Blue-zone provinces are provinces or districts that have achieved at least 70% mass vaccination and are ready to receive foreign tourists.

According to the permanent secretary of public health dr. Kiattibhoom Vonrachit, warning level 2 means that the public can engage in almost all activities except vulnerable people and those who are not fully vaccinated.

On May 9, the level was reduced from 4 to 3.

Level 5 is the highest and can include curfew.

Unvaccinated people are advised to avoid places of entertainment, overcrowding and confined areas without air circulation.

Members of vulnerable groups who are not fully vaccinated are also advised to avoid interprovincial public transport and travel abroad.

Source: World of Thai PBS

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