Poll: Majority want emergency decree lifted but bars and pubs to remain closed

Poll Majority want emergency decree lifted but bars and pubs to remain closed
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A poll conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) that was conducted between May 11th and May 13th has shown that the majority of people want the state of emergency lifted now that the coronavirus situation in Thailand has improved.

The poll surveyed 1,259 people of varying education levels, occupations, and income around Thailand to find out about their opinions on a range of topics relating to the current covid-19 situation.

Concerning the current state of emergency, 57.74 percent of those surveyed said that they want it to be canceled immediately. However, 40.89 percent of people said they either did not quite agree or totally disagreed with any proposal to life the emergency decree.

Regarding the night curfew, which has recently been shortened to begin at 11 pm instead of 10 pm, 40.73 percent of the people polled said that it should begin at midnight.

The poll also asked for people’s opinions on bars, pubs, and clubs. When questioned about whether they should be allowed to reopen, 78.87 percent of people said no reasoning it could cause a second wave of the virus.

The final question asked respondents about their opinion on health and freedom. A majority 83.8 percent of people said health was more important, 12.87 percent of people felt freedom was the priority, while 2.86 percent of people said they were equally important.

In another survey conducted by the Public Health Ministry and medical authorities online, it was found that 91 percent of people are still wearing face masks since the relaxation of lockdown restrictions began on May 8th.

Of the 19.378 people surveyed about their hygiene habits, 17 percent of people said they do not wash their hands regularly, and 40 percent said they do not practice social distancing.

The survey concluded that only 72 percent of people have maintained hygienic practices to help stop the spread of coronavirus since the easing of restrictions.

Source: Bangkok Post

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