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Some businesses to re-open on 3 May with strict guidelines

With effective from 3 May, the following 6 businesses are re-opened with close monitoring and  social distancing & hygiene guidelines:

1 Marketplaces such as fresh markets, flea markets, floating markets, community markets, moveable shops, walking street shops

2 Food-related shops outside department stores such as food, beverages, sweet & desserts, street foods

3 Retailing businesses such as supermarkets, convenient stores with eating areas, consumer goods selling on vehicles, SME and community shops, mobile and communication retail shops

4 Outdoor sports without team racing competition

5 Hair and barber shops for cutting and drying

6 Others such as pet shops

If there is no new infected patients in the next 14-day monitoring period, other businesses are considered to be relaxed and re-opened.    Other preventive measures need to be set such as social distancing 1.5 metre for sitting and queing, wearing masks, body temperature check points, hand gel and alchohol to be provided, good hygiene guidelines in service areas, alcohol sales and live music bands are prohibited.    Next phase of re-opening for large and closed areas businesses such as department stores, it depends on the progress outcome of first phase of business re-opening.

On 27 Apr, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has decided to extend the Emergency Decree for another month until 31 May 2020 which means the curfew time 10pm-4am remains.

Key updates todate are

1 Public holidays in May remains as usual.

2 Incoming flights ban extended to 31 May, exempted for state and military aircrafts and emergency cases only.

3 Allow limited inter-provincial travels.

4 For education sector, school opening continue to extend from 16 May to 1 July.

As of 30 April 2020, it is reported that 7 new infected cases and no death in Thailand.    Accumulated records of Covid-19 patients in Thailand are  2,954 patients, 2,687 recovered, 206 at hospitals, 54 deaths.    Thailand is ranked 59 of the world’s Covid-19 patient records totaling over 3 million people worldwide.

However, there are businesses which are categorized into 4 color groups based on their respective exposure to infection risks as follows:

White (Clean no risk)

  • Small enterprises in outdoor areas such as street food shops, movable shops.

Green (Low risk)

  • Small enterprises which are in air-conditions and no air-con, no human touch between counterparties such as bookstores, cloth shops, construction materials and supplies shops, miscellaneous shops.
  • Public parks, outdoor exercise & fitness fields, sports such as tennis courts, gun shots, arrow, bicycle, golfcourse.

Yellow (Medium risk)

  • Marketplaces where various small fresh food shops, ready-to-eat shops, miscellaneous shops, food centres are collectively located in the same places.
  • Large enterprises such as department stores, shopping malls, modertrades, community malls.
  • Small enterprises which are in air-conditions and human touch between counterparties such as hair salons, barber shops, beauty shops, medical shops, dental shops.
  • Some sports with distancing areas such as badminton courts, swimming pools.

Red (High risk)

  • Small enterprises which are in air-conditions and long hours stay such as game shops, internet shops.
  • Enterprises which users are in long service hours in the places such as cinemas, theatres, concerts, massages.
  • Closed-area and crowded places such as exhibition halls, conventional halls, banquet rooms.
  • Places that attract people from inter-districts such as private intensive schools, language schools.
  • Places that attract crowded people such as sport fields, boxing, indoor air-con sports fields, pubs, bars, karaoke.
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