The number of curfew violations has increased significantly since lockdown restrictions were relaxed by the Thai Government on May 3rd.
On Sunday, the Assistant Police Chief, Pol Lt Gen Piya Uthayo, said that in the seven days since Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has allowed some activities to resume violations of the night curfew have jumped by around 22 percent.
Statistics separate violators into two groups: those who are outside of their homes during the 10 pm to 4 am curfew without a valid reason and those who gather in groups that risks the spread of coronavirus.
When comparing the week of April 26th until May 2nd, when the lockdown measures were in place, to the week of May 3rd until May 9th, when the lockdown measures were eased, there were significant differences.
The total number of offenses jumped from 4,407 cases before relaxed rules to 5,363 cases afterward. That represents an increase of 21.69 percent.
The first night after restrictions were lifted witnessed a huge jump in the number of violators, with the following night continuing the trend as more than 700 people were arrested for breaking the curfew.
Of the total figures released by the police, curfew violations accounted for 4,570 of the cases in comparison to 3,743 cases the previous week. Excuses for violating the night curfew included running errands, traveling home late, and going for a drive.
Gatherings have also increased since May 3rd with the number of cases up to 704 from 664 the previous week. Drinking groups, drug use, and gambling were the main reasons for the gatherings.
The government has said it will continue to monitor the situation.
Source: The Nation