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Thailand’s Curfew, List of ‘Dark Red’ Provinces Shrinks Saturday

Streets, highway onraps and sidestreets are deserted in Bangkok's Khlong Toei district as Thailand imposes a national night-time curfew to arrest the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the Covid-19 pulmonary disease it causes. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)
Streets, highway onraps and sidestreets are deserted in Bangkok's Khlong Toei district as Thailand imposes a national night-time curfew to arrest the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the Covid-19 pulmonary disease it causes. (Photo: Bangkok Herald)

Thailand’s nighttime curfew shrinks to four hours and the list of “dark red” provinces to 23 Saturday after the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s latest coronavirus-restriction relaxation move.

The panel decided Thrusday to reduce the number of provinces designated maximum and strict control zones to 23 from 29.

The new list of dark-red provinces is Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Chachoengsao, Tak, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Prachinburi, Pattani, Ayutthaya, Yala, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Songkhla, Saraburi, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram.

The number of “red” maximum-control provinces dropped from 37 to 30.

As for the curfew, it will run from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., instead of 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Convenience stores, restaurants, flea markets, sports facilities, public parks, shopping centers and movie theaters can open until 10 p.m., instead of 9 p.m.

Trade fairs, convention and exhibition centers and hotels can organize meetings and events for up to 500 people per event.

Participants must receive separate meal sets. Organizers must seek prior permission from provincial communicable disease committees for each event that targets more than 50 people.

Closure would continue for entertainment venues, pubs, bars and karaoke shops but owners could start to maintain the premises, improve their ventilation systems and have all staff be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Thailand reported on Friday 10,486 new Covid-19 cases and 94 more fatalities over the past 24 hours.