The nationwide night curfew between 11 pm and 3 am will be lifted for 15 days as the Thai Government looks to continue easing lockdown restrictions.
The Deputy of the committee on covid-19 control, and Deputy Army Chief, Nathapol Nakpanit, said that the committee had agreed to lift the curfew. However, the state of emergency will remain in place. He said:
“Without the curfew, people can resume their normal lives, but the state of emergency will remain in place in case the government needs to take swift action to stop covid-19 from spreading,”
He continued by saying that the dates for the trial lifting of the curfew had not yet been decided. During the 15-day period, officials would evaluate feedback from the public to make a longterm ruling.
He also mentioned that gatherings would not be prohibited during the trial period in an attempt to demonstrate to the public that the emergency decree has nothing to do with political power-grabbing.
Deputy Prime Minister, Wissanu Krea-ngam, recently suggested that the state of emergency could be extended into July to implement responses to the virus swiftly.
Under normal laws, the government would not be able to provide 14-day quarantine or people arriving from other countries or stop airlines from opening lawsuits due to the ban on incoming flights.
The next stage of easing restrictions is expected to begin this Friday with national parks and sports stadiums among businesses set for reopening.
Source: Bangkok Post