New restrictions in Bangkok, other provinces announced

New restrictions in Bangkok, other provinces announced

A worker is seen at a camp in Lat Krabang district of Bangkok on June 22, 2012. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)
A worker is seen at a camp in Lat Krabang district of Bangkok on June 22, 2012. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)

New restrictions centred around Bangkok have been announced in a bid to tackle the country's worst coronavirus outbreak.

The new measures, which will be implemented for 30 days from Monday, include a ban on restaurant dine-ins in Bangkok and five surrounding provinces of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Praka, Samut Sakhon and Nakhon Pathom, according to a document published in the Royal Gazette on Saturday night.

Shopping malls in Bangkok and the five provinces must be closed by 9pm, and parties or celebrations, or activities involving a gathering of more than 20 people will be banned for the same duration, the document said.

It also said construction sites in the six areas will be shut down and workers' camps will be sealed off to contain clusters. The order followed the emergence of more clusters in construction camps in the capital, which has 575 such sites housing about 81,000 workers.

Since May, 37 clusters have been found in Bangkok camps.

Authorities will set up checkpoints in Bangkok and the five provinces to limit travel and relocation of construction workers, the document said, adding that there will also be checkpoints in the country's four southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla and Yala.

#BangkokLockdown was trending on Twitter in the early hours into Sunday, with internet users criticising the timing of the announcement and saying they were taken by surprise by the new measures.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Friday he wanted to avoid the word lockdown and that specific businesses and activities would be targeted to contain the virus.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT

Philippines protests China’s ‘provocative acts’ in disputed sea

The Philippines has protested “provocative” actions by Chinese government vessels in the South China Sea, in yet another sign of continuing tensions between the two nations in the disputed waters.

20 Oct 2021

Thailand Post tests parcel delivery by drone

Thailand Post tested drone delivery for the first time on Wednesday with a plan to start delivering medicines to patients difficult to reach by regular mail carriers.

20 Oct 2021

Myanmar's economic woes due to gross mismanagement since coup - US official

SINGAPORE: Myanmar's economic turmoil is due to political instability and mismanagement following a February coup, a US official said on Wednesday after a junta minister blamed the crisis partly on foreign backers of its opponents.

20 Oct 2021