Fewer Covid control zones, drinking hours extended

Fewer Covid control zones, drinking hours extended

Customers at a restaurant on Khao San Road, Bangkok. The hours when alcohol can be consumed at approved eateries in blue and yellow zones will be extended from 9pm to 11pm from Jan 24. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)
Customers at a restaurant on Khao San Road, Bangkok. The hours when alcohol can be consumed at approved eateries in blue and yellow zones will be extended from 9pm to 11pm from Jan 24. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)

The government will reduce the number of Covid-19 control (orange) zones because the situation is improving, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said on Thursday.

Drinking hours in restaurants will also be extended, from Jan 24.

The CCSA's Taweesilp Visanuyothin said that from next Monday the number of orange zones would drop from 69 to 44, with 25 being rezoned close surveillance (yellow) areas. There are currently no yellow zones.

The number of tourism (blue) zones will remain the same - eight whole provinces and parts of 18 other provinces.

The 25 close surveillance (yellow) provinces will be Kamphaeng Phet, Chai Nat, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Sawan, Narathiwat, Bung Kan, Pattani, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Phrae, Yala, Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Sakon Nakhon, Sing Buri, Sukhothai, Suphan Buri, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Ang Thong, Amnat Charoen, Uttaradit and Uthai Thani.

"We must thank the people in the 25 provinces for their cooperation with disease controls, and we will ease restrictions to facilitate more business and other activities," Dr Taweesilp said.

The eight tourism provinces are Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Chon Buri, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phangnga and Phuket.

Eateries can open in all zones but alcohol is banned at eateries in orange zones.

In blue and yellow zones, alcohol consumption at eateries which meet disease control standards will be extended from 9pm to 11pm.

Convenience stores and markets can open as usual in all zones.

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Vocabulary

  • consumption: using, eating or drinking something - การบริโภค
  • convenience store: a shop/store that sells food, newspapers, etc. and often stays open 24 hours a day - ร้านสะดวกซื้อ
  • cooperation: working together to achieve a result that will benefit all sides - ความร่วมมือ, การทำงานร่วมกัน
  • eatery: a restaurant - ภัตตาคาร
  • facilitate: to make it possible or easier for something to happen - ทำให้สะดวกขึ้น
  • restriction: a rule, action or situation that limits or controls someone or something - การจำกัด, การควบคุม
  • surveillance: the process of carefully watching a person or place - การเฝ้าตรวจตราอย่างเข้มงวด
  • zone: an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed - พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต
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