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CCSA OKs Fans for Stadium Sports, Rubber-Stamps Emergency Decree Extension

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The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration endorsed extension of the state of emergency for another month and a proposal to allow fans to watch live sports in stadiums as long as safety measures are observed.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said the state of emergency was extended until Sept. 30 as proposed by the National Security Council and the decision would be proposed to the cabinet for approval.

“It is necessary to have legal authority to prevent and solve problems efficiently so that the crisis will be handled swiftly, harmoniously and effectively after high-risk business and activities were allowed to resume including full-scale services at all schools and educational institutions,” he said.

Returning Thais and expats, along with business travelers, migrant workers and medical patients are risk factors to reintroducing the coronavirus into Thailand, Taweesin said. The imposition of the executive decree on public administration in emergency situations would not affect the everyday lives of people and businesses could operate as usual, he added.

The CCSA on Friday reported one new case of Covid-19 found in a returnee in quarantine. The patient is a 56-year old Thai office worker employed in Singapore who arrived in Thailand on Aug. 7 on the same flight as three other passengers  later found to be infected with the coronavirus.

The CCSA also agreed to permit spectators at sports competitions and passenger buses and boats to operate at full capacity.

“However, the numbers of spectators must be reduced to prevent congestion,” Taweesin adding that “conventional crowds at boxing stadiums will not happen.”

The numbers of spectators will be controlled in accordance with the types of sports and the natures of their spectators… For football matches, where people will be shouting, the number of spectators will be limited at 25 percent of the capacity of their stadiums, Taweesin said.