Patong has been ordered to go into full lockdown effective immediately to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The popular resort in Phuket has been targeted by a new order signed and delivered by Phuket Governor, Pakkapong Tawipat.
According to the notice, the lockdown has been put in place due to 80% of confirmed covid-19 cases in the Patong area coming from workers or visitors along the notorious Soi Bangla.
The order will remain in place until further notice and prohibits people or vehicles from leaving the Patong area.
Exceptions include vehicles transporting consumer goods, cooking gas, post parcels, fuel, and printed materials in addition to emergency vehicles and officials.
Checkpoints will be put in place at Siko on Phra Barami Road, at the Simon Cabaret on Sirarat Road, and in front of Ban Kalim School on Kamala-Patong Road.
All residents in the area have been asked to stay indoors with fines for people who attempt to leave Patong of up to 100,000 baht or one year in jail.
Source: Bangkok Post