Spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin stated that no national lockdown would be imposed in the wake of the resurgence of COVID-19, but COVID-19 control zoning has been introduced.
The decision was made at the meeting of CCSA on 24 December 2020, chaired by Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Four zones for COVID-19 control were designated to step up measures to prevent the spread of the disease in each area across the country. The first zone, maximum control, involves the area where many COVID-19 cases have been found.
In the second zone, control area, there are more than 10 cases and this number is likely to increase. The third zone, high surveillance, involves the area where not more than 10 infected persons have been reported and the situation is likely to be brought under control. The fourth zone is a surveillance area, with no COVID-19 cases and there is no indication leading to infection.
All provincial governors are empowered to consider issuing various measures to deal with the COVID-19 situation in their respective areas.
Activities to celebrate New Year may be arranged depending on the situation in each area, but they are not allowed in the maximum control zone. Online activities are suggested instead. Festive activities can be held in other zones, but with limited numbers of participants and no crowded gatherings. Control measures must also be imposed.
Today, only Samut Sakhon province has been designated under the maximum control zone. People can still travel to various provinces during the New Year festive season. However, they have been urged to protect themselves from the virus by wearing face masks, washing their hands frequently, and maintaining a physical distance.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department