CCSA to consider limited reopening, shorter curfew

CCSA to consider limited reopening, shorter curfew

A man waits for customers in front of his shop at an almost empty road in Yaowarat in Bangkok on July 12, 2021. (Reuters photo)
A man waits for customers in front of his shop at an almost empty road in Yaowarat in Bangkok on July 12, 2021. (Reuters photo)

A proposal to shorten the nighttime curfew and resume 11 types of businesses, such as cinemas and spas, will be considered by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday.

If approved, curfew hours, which were imposed to help prevent coronavirus infections, would be shortened to 10pm-4am instead of the current 9pm-4am, according to a government source.

Also, 11 types of businesses and establishments -- such as spas, cinemas, restaurants with live bands, tutorial schools, sporting grounds and museums -- would be able to reopen, the source said.

However, the most stringent public health measures are likely to be maintained in 29 dark-red provinces, including Bangkok, the source said, adding the coronavirus situation will be reviewed every 14 days.

The president of the Thai Restaurant Association said the group will ask the CCSA to allow restaurants to stay open until 10pm instead of the current 9pm.

The 9pm closure was deemed impractical because public buses run until 9pm and restaurant staff need to leave at 8pm to catch a ride home, she said.

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Vocabulary

  • approve: to give official permission - อนุมัต
  • curfew: a law that does not allow people to go outside between a particular time in the evening and a particular time in the morning - กฎอัยการศึก คือห้ามออกนอกบ้านในยามวิกาล
  • current: of the present time - ปัจจุบัน
  • establishment: an organisation, an institution or a hotel - สถานประกอบการ
  • impractical: of something that cannot be done or used easily or effectively - ซึ่งไม่มีประสิทธิภาพเมื่อนำมาใช้งานจริง,ที่ใช้งานไม่ได้
  • maintain: to keep - รักษา
  • source: a place where information comes from; someone who gives information - แหล่ง
  • stringent: (of a rule, law, etc.) very strict and that must be obeyed - เข้มงวด
  • tutorial: instructions on how to do something - การเรียนพิเศษ
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