The Thai Government has released two lists of measures that will be implemented nationwide during the extended emergency decree throughout May.
The first list, “flexible measures”, provides provincial governors with the authority to implement the reopening of selected venues when they see fit.
The second list, “strict measures”, are those which will remain in place until the May 31st nationwide.
The flexible measures are:
- Markets can open including fresh markets, flea markets, floating markets, community markets, walking streets, and street-vendor operations.
- Food shops can open including street food vendors, dessert and ice-cream shops, and local stores. Those located inside shopping malls cannot reopen.
- Retail businesses can open including supermarkets, convenience stores, vendors, small shops, and small restaurants. However, social distancing measures must be implemented at all times for sit-in customers.
- Sports and recreational areas can open including parks and outdoor sporting venues. Team and competition sports are excluded.
- Beauty salons can open for hair cutting, washing, and styling only.
- Pet salons and pet nurseries can open.
The above list is not guaranteed and can be implemented at the discretion of provincial governors.
The strict measures are:
- The night curfew will remain in place between 10 pm and 4 am. People may not leave their homes during this time or travel anywhere.
- Mass gatherings are prohibited including activities that involve gathering, engaging in activities that could risk spreading the virus and gathering in public or crowded places.
- Inter-provincial travel is restricted and should only be undertaken if absolutely necessary.
- Incoming international travel to Thailand is banned until May 31st including flights, land, and sea travel.
The strict measures had also included a ban on alcohol sales until a dramatic u-turn by the government means that alcohol will be on sale again from May 3rd.