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Easing Some COVID-19 Restrictions in Bangkok Starting on 21 June

20 June 2021 (Readers 1596)


Bangkok Governor Police General Aswin Kwanmuang issued an announcement on 20 June 2021 easing some restrictions on the operations of certain businesses and activities in Bangkok under conditions.

The announcement was made following the approval of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Communicable Disease Committee. It will be effective from 21 June 2021 onwards.

According to the announcement, the following types of activities and venues may reopen, but with strict preventive measures against COVID-19 set by the Government:

(1) Public swimming pools;

(2) Ponds for water sports or water activities, such as jet skiing, kite surfing and banana boats; they may open until 21.00 hr, and competitions may be organized without spectators;

(3) Learning centers, science centers for education, science parks, science and cultural centers, and galleries;

(4) Public libraries;

(5) Food shops may serve food and beverages until 23.00 hr; consumption of liquor and alcoholic beverages in these venues is prohibited; the number of customers is also limited to just 50 percent seating capacity, with screening and physical distancing measures;

(6) Sports venues or places for open-air exercise, or indoor sports venues with good ventilation, may open until 21.00 hr, and competitions may be organized without spectators;

(7) Convenience stores and supermarkets may operate in accordance with their normal service time;

(8) Meetings, seminars, parties, camping, film shooting, television programs, religious activities, and gatherings with not more than 50 participants are allowed. If the number of participants is expected to exceed 50 but not be more than 500, the organizers must seek permission by submitting a working plan and disease control measures to the district office responsible for the area before the activities are organized. In cases in which the number of participants will exceed 500, the organizers must seek permission by submitting a working plan and disease control measures to the BMA Health Department, except for the activities that are carried out by government agencies or are conducted in the venues designated as quarantine facilities.

Any persons who violate or fail to comply with this announcement may be guilty of an offence under Section 52 of the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558 (2015) and shall be liable to imprisonment for up to one year or a fine of up to 100,000 baht, or both. Moreover, they may be guilty of an offence under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) and shall be liable to imprisonment for up to two years or a fine of up to 40,000 baht, or both.


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