Curfew in Thailand amid COVID-19

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We’ve seen many provinces and places activate the necessary preventive measures through the past couple of days. Though Bangkok denied any rumours of going into lockdown earlier this week, the city, along with the rest of Thailand will officially be under curfew.

People in Thailand to stay home at night

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha finally announced a curfew on the evening of 2nd April 2020. This policy will immediately be in effect from today, 3rd April 2020 till further notice.

People are required to stay indoors during 10PM-4AM everyday, in efforts to curb the number of COVID-19 infections nationwide. However, this plan exempts certain groups of people, such as medical and bank officers, night-shift staff, logistic workers who handle consumer products, medical supplies, newspaper, petrol, postal parcels, or imported and exported products. In addition to the curfew, travelling to quarantined places is also allowed.

Breaking the curfew will result in a jail term of up to 2 years and/or a ฿40,000 fine.

More stringent measures being implemented

The past measures only help slow the rising number of infections daily, but they’ve failed to reduce it, said Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. He also added that Thailand intends to impose stricter preventive measures if the situation gets worse.

The curfew might limit us from going outside for awhile, so staying at home during the night and finding something fun to do indoors can help.

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