Thailand prepares for end of coronavirus lockdown

The Thai government has set July 1 for the lifting of all business and activity lockdowns ordered earlier to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s national security council chief Somsak Rungsita said on May 28. This would include the ending of the emergency decree and current curfew, and interprovincial and international travel could resume.

Until the complete reopening, the country in the third phase of its anti-coronavirus measures all over June will gradually allow more businesses to open and set other relaxations, including longer opening hours for malls and a shorter curfew.

The reopening would also cover hair salons, beauty and massage parlours, with the latter putting more than 50,000 massage parlours and about 200,000 massage therapists back to work. Other businesses and venues that will also be allowed to reopen include cinemas, gyms, zoos and convention and meeting venues.

Still unclear whether “high-risk activities” will be allowed

However, no conclusion has been reached on “high-risk activities” that were suspended, such as in bars and entertainment places.

Rungsita said that officials would in June prepare measures for the reopening.

“Authorities will have serious discussions because after the emergency decree ends, other laws will be used instead,” he said.

He asked for people’s cooperation concerning the use of face masks, social distancing, hand wash and limited outdoor activities, noting that the disease has not entirely abated and the country will have to fight against it for a while.

In terms of international travel, details have not yet been announced. The first focus will likely be on the repatriation of Thais stranded abroad and, later on, foreigners with work permits and family in Thailand. It is not clear whether, when or to what degree tourists will be allowed back in at this point of time.

As of May 28, Thailand reported 3,065 confirmed coronavirus cases and 57 deaths, which is low for the region.

The Thai government has set July 1 for the lifting of all business and activity lockdowns ordered earlier to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s national security council chief Somsak Rungsita said on May 28. This would include the ending of the emergency decree and current curfew, and interprovincial and international travel could resume. Until the complete reopening, the country in the third phase of its anti-coronavirus measures all over June will gradually allow more businesses to open and set other relaxations, including longer opening hours for malls and a shorter curfew. The reopening would also cover hair salons,...

The Thai government has set July 1 for the lifting of all business and activity lockdowns ordered earlier to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s national security council chief Somsak Rungsita said on May 28. This would include the ending of the emergency decree and current curfew, and interprovincial and international travel could resume.

Until the complete reopening, the country in the third phase of its anti-coronavirus measures all over June will gradually allow more businesses to open and set other relaxations, including longer opening hours for malls and a shorter curfew.

The reopening would also cover hair salons, beauty and massage parlours, with the latter putting more than 50,000 massage parlours and about 200,000 massage therapists back to work. Other businesses and venues that will also be allowed to reopen include cinemas, gyms, zoos and convention and meeting venues.

Still unclear whether “high-risk activities” will be allowed

However, no conclusion has been reached on “high-risk activities” that were suspended, such as in bars and entertainment places.

Rungsita said that officials would in June prepare measures for the reopening.

“Authorities will have serious discussions because after the emergency decree ends, other laws will be used instead,” he said.

He asked for people’s cooperation concerning the use of face masks, social distancing, hand wash and limited outdoor activities, noting that the disease has not entirely abated and the country will have to fight against it for a while.

In terms of international travel, details have not yet been announced. The first focus will likely be on the repatriation of Thais stranded abroad and, later on, foreigners with work permits and family in Thailand. It is not clear whether, when or to what degree tourists will be allowed back in at this point of time.

As of May 28, Thailand reported 3,065 confirmed coronavirus cases and 57 deaths, which is low for the region.

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