Covid restrictions lifted in Thailand — what is allowed in the kingdom

Thailand announces lifting of most Covid-19 restrictions, full resumption of business expected

Covid restrictions lifted in Thailand — what is allowed in the kingdom

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration will lift nearly all restrictions imposed because of Covid-19 across the country. This means an almost complete resumption of business and other activities, including the operation of entertainment venues, the Bangkok Post reported, citing a statement from the Ministry of Health.

Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said he expects the CCSA to announce the implementation of Covid-19 “green zones” across the country on Friday, as well as the announcement of a start date for lifting the restrictions. Entertainment venues will be able to reopen in the green zones. Restrictions on public events or the use of school buildings and sports facilities will be completely removed.

As of June 1, 14 Green Zone provinces and 17 Blue Zone provinces will allow businesses and commercial activities including entertainment facilities and massage parlors without restrictions to support tourism.

Forty-six other provinces are classified as “yellow zones,” where the number of people at public events is limited to 1,000 people. Entertainment venues and massage parlors continue to be restricted. Measures have also been taken to control the spread of viral diseases in schools, and spectators in indoor stadiums are limited to 75% of the seats.

There are no restrictions in outdoor stadiums, and theaters are allowed to operate as usual throughout the country.

Disease control measures have also been implemented in entertainment venues since June 1. For example, staff singers and musicians must be fully vaccinated and undergo weekly antigen tests. People should not share glasses, and alcohol promotions are prohibited.

As for the use of antiviral masks, the Health Department will not be announcing a complete end to the use of face masks this Friday, Anutin said, adding that officials will consider waiving the requirement in certain areas.

Regarding the proposal to extend entertainment hours after midnight, the minister assured that the CCSA will consider the issue.

On Friday, the Ministry of Health will propose to the CCSA the introduction of “green zones” throughout the country, and in practice there will be no restrictions on businesses and other activities, said Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control. Health authorities have no concerns about the operation of pubs, bars and karaoke clubs. According to the doctor, the number of severe cases of Covid-19 dependent on ventilators has dropped to 200-300 cases.

Regarding the use of masks, Dr. Opas noted that the Department of Health never arrested anyone who did not wear a mask. The DHS only recommended that people wear masks as long as they could do so, he said. The Health Department recommends that masks be removed during meals, when the person is alone or far enough away from other people, and outdoors or in well-ventilated rooms, Dr. Opas explained.