Thailand will consider alternative measures, including enforcing existing laws, when the emergency decree ends on July 1st.
There has been much discussion about whether the current state of emergency in Thailand will continue past the end of June, with some government officials claiming that maintaining the state of emergency is the best way to continue preventing the spread of covid-19.
However, the Secretary-General of the National Security Council (NSC), Gen Somsak Rungsita, announced that the government might seek alternative legal measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 after June 30th.
His announcement followed discussions with Deputy Prime Minister, Wissanu Krea-ngam, about whether the nationwide state of emergency should continue.
One of the laws under consideration is the Communicable Diseases Act which is being used in combination with the state of emergency. Other disaster prevention and mitigation laws could also work as alternatives to the emergency decree.
However, Gen Rungsita also remained wary about the threat of a second wave of covid-19 infections, referencing Japan, Australia, and China. He said the possibility of a second wave would be taken into consideration before a final decision is made.
Once again, the political aspect of the emergency decree was referenced. Gen Runsita assured the public that there is no political agenda behind the emergency decree, and it is strictly imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus.
A decision regarding whether the state of emergency will continue into July or not will be made over the coming days.