Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on 16 April 2021 issued a new regulation seeking to prohibit people from conducting activities at risk of spreading COVID-19.


The Regulation No. 20 is in accordance with the Declaration of an Emergency Situation in all areas of the Kingdom as of 26 March 2020, which has been extended until 31 May 2021. The Government stressed the need to urgently enforce additional measures to contain the new wave of COVID-19 transmission, as the number of cumulative cases and new cases continued to increase.


Under these measures, which will come into effect from 18 April 2021, the use of buildings and premises of schools or educational institutions for teaching and training is not allowed. Also banned are activities with gatherings of more than 50 people, except those granted permission by authorities.


The Governor of Bangkok and all provincial governors are authorized to temporarily close places that are prone to the transmission of the disease, for at least 14 days. These places include entertainment venues, pubs, bars, karaoke outlets, and massage parlors.


Two zones for COVID-19 control have been designated. They include 1) maximum control areas (red zone), comprising 18 provinces, namely Bangkok, Khon Kaen, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Tak, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phuket, Rayong, Songkhla, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Sa Kaeo, Suphan Buri, and Udon Thani, 2) control areas (orange zone), comprising the remaining 59 provinces.


The Government is seeking cooperation from the people to avoid traveling during this period, if not necessary. Social activities, such as banquets, should also be cancelled, except traditional ceremonies with enough measures to prevent the disease.


Source: The Government Public Relations Department