The Thai Interior Ministry has rushed through an order directing local authorities to quarantine all new provincial arrivals for 14 days after more than one million people traveled on Friday alone.
The mass exodus occurred as people streamed out of Bangkok and Phuket following the easing of restrictions on May 1st causing massive traffic jams and sparking fears among medical experts that the covid-19 virus will spread.
The long weekend, initially debated about whether to go ahead or not, was eventually given the green light by the government prompting millions of people to travel back to their home provinces.
A large number of travelers were people who had lost their jobs and were going home to stay until the pandemic situation improves. However, there were also many people taking advantage of the three close proximity public holidays for an extended break.
Korat and other provinces sprung into action issuing notices for people to quarantine upon arrival, but only from certain “high-risk” regions. Phuket had also stopped people from leaving on Saturday, implementing a registration system before reopening the mainland checkpoint today.
However, the Permanent Secretary for the Interior, Chatchai Promlert, signed a new order on Saturday that instructs local provincial governors to ensure that all travelers to their provinces are quarantined at their home or a facility for 14 days after arrival.
The government also issued an order restricting inter-provincial travel and informed the public they should only travel if absolutely necessary.
Checkpoints set up along popular routes and provincial borders will question all travelers for a valid reason and proof of necessary travel.
Source: Bangkok Post | Photo: Facebook/ถนนมิตรภาพ-รถติดบอกด้วย