The Governor of Phuket has announced that all 17 sub-districts across the province will go on full lockdown for two weeks between April 13th and April 26th, or until the situation improves.
The move makes the popular southern island the first province in Thailand to implement a complete closure of all areas in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Some populated areas of Phuket were already sealed off, including Patong, Kathu, and Chalong. However, the latest announcement will minimize the movement of people in all areas of the island.
The order makes an exception for medical personnel, emergency workers, and logistical vehicles delivering essential items.
All other people will be prohibited from entering or exiting the sub-districts where they are staying during the restrictions.
Phuket also has strict rules regarding wearing face maks while outside. Anyone who does not wear a face mask when outside or participates in activities that could lead to the spread of the virus may face a fine of up to 20,000 baht.
The island has also implemented an active case finding to screen as many people for covid-19 as possible. This includes screenings at checkpoints and door-to-door coronavirus screenings.
Source: TAT News | Photo: The Phuket News