Bangkok Governor Police General Aswin Kwanmuang has issued an announcement ordering the temporary closure of certain places in Bangkok, following the enforcement of the Regulation No. 20, in accordance with the Declaration of an Emergency Situation in all areas of the Kingdom.
Announcement No. 24 of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) stated that Bangkok was designated one of the 18 provinces in the maximum control areas (red zone), which require urgent measures to contain the new wave of the spread of COVID-19.
According to the announcement, which was approved by the BMA Communicable Disease Committee, the venues to be closed and to continue to be closed temporarily from 18 April 2021 onwards include 1) buildings and premises of schools, tutorial schools, and all educational institutions, 2) entertainment venues, any establishments providing similar services to entertainment venues, amusement places, pubs, bars, karaoke outlets, establishments for bath services, massage parlors, and other similar venues, 3) cockfighting rings and cockfighting training rings, and 4) bullrings, fish fighting rings, and other similar sport arenas.
As for integrated control measures, 1) restaurants or those selling beverages, convenience stores, pushcarts, hawkers, stalls, diners, garden-themed restaurants, food courts, and canteens may serve food and beverages until 21.00 hr and may provide takeaway until 23.00 hr; consumption of liquor and alcoholic beverages in these venues is prohibited; the number of customers is also limited and the arrangements of these venues must comply with disease prevention and control measures; 2) department stores, shopping centers, community malls, and similar places may stay open until 21.00 hr, with a limited number of visitors, while promotional events are not allowed, and amusement parks, game arcades, gaming centers, and playground equipment are not permitted to open for operation; 3) convenience stores, supermarkets, night markets, and walking streets may open as usual but no later than 23.00 hr; stores or venues that are regularly opened for 24-hour services may reopen at 04.00 hr; and 4) sport venues or places for exercise, gyms, and fitness centers may open until 21.00 hr, and competitions may be organized with limited numbers of spectators.
Activities that are at risk of spreading COVID-19, such as meetings, seminars, banquets, and the distribution of food and other items in Bangkok may be organized with a maximum of 50 participants. If the number of participants is expected to exceed 50 but not be more than 1,000, the organizers must seek permission by submitting a working plan and disease control measures to the district office responsible for the area before the activities are organized. In case in which the number of participants will exceed 1,000, the organizers must seek permission by submitting a working plan and disease control measures to the BMA Health Department, except for the activities that are carried out by government agencies or are conducted in the venues designated as quarantine facilities.
Any persons who violate or fail to comply with this announcement may be guilty of an offence under Section 52 of the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558 (2015) and shall be liable to imprisonment for up to one year or a fine of up to 100,000 baht, or both. Moreover, they may be guilty of of an offence under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) and shall be liable to imprisonment for up to two years or a fine of up to 40,000 baht, or both.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department