Phuket has updated its emergency order and restrictions following the sudden change of Governor on the island.
The updated order replaces all previous announcements and orders and has set a tentative end date of April 30th.
However, despite the new stated end date of April 30th, the situation will continue to be monitored and new orders will be issued to extend the restrictions if needed.
The new order summarizes all restrictions currently in place across the island and covers five main topics. They are listed below:
- Venues must remain closed until April 30th. This includes businesses, entertainment complexes, hotels, shopping malls, markets, sports facilities, selected government offices and services, and other non-essential places. Supermarkets, pharmacies, food takeaways, banks, and other essential services may remain open outside of curfew hours.
- Entry and exit points will remain closed until April 30th. This includes the Tha Chat Chai Checkpoint and all marine transportation channels. Emergency vehicles and essential transportation vehicles and ships may still enter.
- Local sub-district borders will remain closed until April 30th. This expands on the original April 26th date for the reopening of local borders. Residents should remain in their local area and inside their homes.
- Boats may not leave the ports until April 30th. This excludes fishing boats, medical and emergency boats, logistical boats, and vessels used for official purposes.
- Local residents must wear face masks and practice social distancing and hygiene measures when in public. Violators may face a fine and/or jail time.
The announcement also emphasized the importance of complying with all rules listed. Non-compliance may result in a fine of between 20,000 and 100,000 baht and/or a year in prison.