Temporary Closure of Certain Places in Bangkok to Contain COVID-19

January 2, 2021

Bangkok Governor Police General Aswin Kwanmuang on 1 January 2021 issued an announcement to temporarily close certain places in Bangkok in order to contain the new wave of local infections of COVID-19.

The announcement will come into effect on 2 January 2021. The venues to be closed are at risk of spreading the disease.

They include 1) entertainment places, pubs, and bars, 2) water parks and amusement parks, 3) childrens playgrounds and places where children play at markets and floating markets, 4) snooker and billiard parlors, 5) gaming centers, 6) game and internet shops, 7) cockfighting rings and cockfighting training rings, 8) nurseries and elderly care centers (except those that offer overnight stays), 9) boxing stadiums, 10) martial arts schools (gyms), 11) horse racing tracks, 12) establishments providing showers, 13) massage parlors, 14) competitive-sports fields, 15) banquet halls and similar places, 16) bull-fighting rings and fighting-fish venues or similar places, 17) amulet markets and centers, 18) pre-school nurseries, 19) tattoo and piercing parlors, 20) fitness centers, 21) health and wellness establishments, spa shops, and traditional Thai massage and foot massage parlors, 22) boxing gyms, 23) bowling, skate, and rollerblade venues or other similar services, 24) ballroom dance halls, and 25) all buildings at schools, tutorial schools, and educational institutions.

According to the announcement, the following places must strictly follow measures to prevent and control COVID-19: 1) food shops, restaurants, food centers, canteens, convenience stores, and hawker stalls; alcohol consumption is forbidden in these places, 2) department stores, shopping centers, and community malls, 3) trade exhibition centers, convention centers, and exhibition halls, 4) meeting rooms in hotels, 5) small retail and wholesale shops, community retail and wholesale shops, markets, and floating markets, 6) large retail and wholesale stores, 7) beauty salons and barber shops, 8) nurseries and elderly care centers that offer overnight stays, 9) cosmetic clinics, 10) golf courses and golf driving ranges, 11) sports stadiums, 12) public parks and sports grounds, 13) pet care and spa centers, 14) indoor sports facilities, 15) indoor and outdoor public swimming pools, 16) botanical gardens, flower gardens, museums, learning centers, historical sites, public libraries, and galleries, 17) swimming pools for sports or water activities, 18) cinemas and theaters, and 19) zoos.

Violators will be subject to a jail term of up to one year, or a fine of up to 100,000 baht, or both. They may also be found guilty of Section 18 of the 2005 Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations, with a jail term of up to two years, or a fine of up to 40,000 baht, or both.

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