Nakhon Ratchasima goes into lockdown

Nakhon Ratchasima goes into lockdown

Delivering disinfectant: Staff in protective gear spray disinfectant on delivery motorcycles at Siam Paragon shopping complex. Restaurants and eateries inside shopping malls are now permitted to prepare food for deliveries as part of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
Delivering disinfectant: Staff in protective gear spray disinfectant on delivery motorcycles at Siam Paragon shopping complex. Restaurants and eateries inside shopping malls are now permitted to prepare food for deliveries as part of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

Nakhon Ratchasima has announced strict lockdown measures after the province was designated a "dark-red zone" due to its worsening Covid situation.

The order was endorsed by provincial governor Kobchai Boonorana yesterday, which will be in effect until further notice.

The announcement has subsequently prompted the temporary closure of three large retail areas -- The Mall Korat, Terminal 21 Korat and Central Plaza.

Under the lockdown measures, supermarkets, medical suppliers, restaurants and medical or vaccination services at department stores, trade centres, community malls or other similar venues are only permitted to operate until 8pm. Convenience stores and markets are also allowed to open until 8pm.

People cannot leave their homes between 9pm-4am and there is a prohibition on gatherings of more than five people, unless granted permission by the provincial communicable disease committee. All educational institutions are required to arrange online learning programmes for students, according to the lockdown order.

The lockdown also covers venues with increased risk of Covid-19 transmission, such as entertainment venues, massage parlours, internet cafes, theatres, public pools, barbers and beauty salon shops.

Meanwhile, in Chon Buri, domestic and international tourists must get at least two vaccine jabs, except for the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, before going to popular Koh Lan in Bang Lamung district, officials have said.

The island has imposed disease control measures to restrict movement in and out of the island, after curfew and lockdown measures were imposed widely in this eastern province. Tourists must hold evidence of vaccination from a hospital or "Mor Prom" app besides their ID card or passport.

In the case of those once infected, they must hold proof of their recent recovery from the virus within the last three months, as well as undergo a RT-PCR or antigen test within three days. Foreign workers and those under the age of 18 are prohibited from entering the island, officials said.

Delivery services and emergency patients will be exempted. Islanders who must travel out of necessity are required to ask for permission first and strictly comply with protective measures.

Pattaya-Koh Lan boat services will be operating at 7am, noon and 5.30pm. The boats will depart only at Laem Bali Hai port to the island.

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