New restrictions likely, to keep people at home

New restrictions likely, to keep people at home

Dr Apisamai Srirangson, a spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, explains the Public Health Ministry's proposal to limit people's movements, in a broadcast from Government House on Thursday. (Screenshot)
Dr Apisamai Srirangson, a spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, explains the Public Health Ministry's proposal to limit people's movements, in a broadcast from Government House on Thursday. (Screenshot)

The Public Health Ministry has proposed stricter measures to encourage people to stay home and not leave their province, to more effectively stem the spread of Covid-19.

The ministry's proposal to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration would see limits on interprovincial movements and changes to shopping and public transport hours. 

"The principle is to limit the movement of people out of their locality and ban interprovincial movements. Officials should set up checkpoints to reduce interprovincial movements," Apisamai Srirangson, a spokeswoman for the CCSA, said on Thursday.

The Public Health Ministry also proposed the maximum use of working from home for both the government and private sectors.

Businesses would be asked to change their operating hours to discourage people from going out, she said.

"This refers to department stores and the likes, to convenience stores and night-shift markets and eateries. Public transport hours would be adjusted accordingly," Dr Apisamai said.

The Public Health Ministry made the proposals as new daily Covid-19 cases, already high in Greater Bangkok, soar in the provinces, both within and outside construction workers' camps.

The operations committee of CCSA was of the view that opening hours of stores, including hardware shops, should be changed while ensuring that people would have continuous access to consumer products, food and tools to ensure their safety, she said.

"The Public Health Ministry did not mention any lockdown measure, but discussed changes to the operating hours of businesses and services in specific areas and provinces," Dr Apisamai said.

No decision had been made, she said.

The CCSA would consider the proposals at its meeting on Friday morning, Dr Apisamai said.

Dr Kiatiphum Wongrajit, permanent secretary for health, said the measures should last 14 days, the incubation period of Covid-19.

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