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Nan first province to reopen electrical appliance shops

Nan on Friday (April 24) became the first province in Thailand to allow electrical appliance shops in department stores, malls and large retail stores to reopen.

"Nan communicable disease committee decided on April 21 to allow department stores, shopping centres and large retail stores operators to sell electrical appliances since these products are helpful to people," said Nan Governor Worakitti Sritipakorn.

He added that operators of the reopened facilities must clean the shops regularly and thoroughly, especially frequently touched surfaces, dispose of waste every day, provide soaps, alcohol gel, or disinfectants for staff and customers, and limit the number of customers inside the store.

"In addition, operators, staff and customers must wear face masks, wash their hands, and have their body temperature taken before entering the store," he said.

Nan is regularly highlighted by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration for being one of nine provinces with no confirmed Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the epidemic in Thailand.

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Economists propose ending lockdowns by releasing the young first
As global governments grapple with how to unlock economies without triggering another round of coronavirus infections, some economists are recommending that age should be used to determine who returns to work first.

While the freezing of activity from Mumbai to Chicago is credited with saving lives, the downsides are evident in the International Monetary Fund's warning of the worst global recession in almost a century.

How to balance lives and livelihoods is drawing the attention of economists, and a growing cohort propose authorities should first remove restrictions on those deemed at lowest risk of death or hospital admittance from the infection.

That means the youngest are activated first, while more venerable groups remain sheltered until either a vaccine can be administered or the rest of the population develops sufficient immunity. One calculation of fatalities from the disease by Imperial College in London is for 0.03% of those in their 20s, compared to over 5% among the over 70s.

"Age- and morbidity-related restrictions would allow a rapid return of economic activity," according to David Mackie, chief European economist at JPMorgan Chase in London. "If mixing between the elderly and the less vulnerable younger populations can be sufficiently reduced, the economy and society can get back to work quickly."

His research suggests governments could ease restrictions on those under 60 and without additional risk factors, yet still limit deaths and pressure on health systems.Economists from Warwick University argue that releasing the more than 4 million British residents in their 20s who do not live with their parents could have "substantial economic and societal benefits without enormous health costs." They propose the idea could then be applied to other countries.

The young are already feeling the most pain of the lockdown, according to a study this week by two regional Federal Reserve banks. The paper calculated that the costs of reduced economic activity "are disproportionately borne by younger households, which bear the brunt of lower employment."

However, focusing on young workers is not without risks, aside from the potential threat to their health.Citigroup Inc. economists Dana Peterson and Catherine Mann argue that this population segment is less likely to have health insurance, and any boost to growth from its participation will be limited without the workplace input and buying power of the older, richer generation. Such a strategy also places a burden on one age group to carry the entrepreneurial load of emerging from the shutdown, and assumes the everyone else is willing to play ball.

On Friday, economists from the London School of Economics called for an approach that doesn't distinguish between age per se, but assesses collectively the length of people's lives and the quality of that experience, to determine when to end a lockdown.

Many countries have already eased restrictions on education and some businesses in an effort to gradually reopen economies. One strategy proposed by University College London suggests a staggered release of the U.K. lockdown over six weeks with strict social distancing, compulsory masks on public transport and varying business opening hours to avoid rush hour crowding.

Ultimately however, any proposal by economists is ultimately about devising the optimal stopgap that maximizes growth with the fewest possible deaths until a solution to the virus is found.

A vaccine would be one such a solution. At least three projects for that are now in human testing, according to the World Health Organization. Yet even in a best-case scenario, developing a safe and effective inoculation may take at least a year.

Alternatively, enough healthy people would survive the disease that the population itself becomes immune, the controversial concept of herd immunity. The U.K abandoned that strategy early in the pandemic after projections showed its health care system would be overwhelmed, but now it's regaining traction in poor but young countries such as India.

Such a trade-off could still prove unacceptable for many governments. The Warwick University economists estimate their plan for the U.K. could generate around 13 billion pounds ($16 billion) in annual extra income, but also up to 630 additional premature deaths among the 20-30s age group if they no longer have to stay home -- a price tag that not all electorates would support.

"There is obviously going to be conflict between the relatively early relaxation of the restrictions and allowing the economy to breathe, and putting people at risk," said Philip Shaw, chief economist at Investec Bank Plc. "At the end of the day, you're making horrible decisions."

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Suvarnabhumi ready to reopen
Flagship airport repaired, renovated as domestic flights resume on May 1

Suvarnabhumi airport is set to resume its services on Friday when airlines restart flights following a month-long suspension over Covid-19 fears, airport general manager Suthirawat Suwanawat said.

Wg Cdr Suthirawat said the number of foreign travellers had fallen considerably since the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand banned all international flights from landing in Thailand at the start of this month.

The plunge in the number of travellers enabled Airports of Thailand (AoT), which supervises major airports including Suvarnabhumi, to close some areas of the airport for renovations, repairs and add new facilities.

Repairs have also been made to its concourse, elevators, lighting, air-conditioning and baggage handling systems, while broken floor tiles have been replaced, Wg Cdr Suthirawat said.

Technical tests have been done to check the strength and integrity of the runway and taxiway to shoulder the load of carriers.

New visual docking guidance systems have also been installed.

The AoT has also installed new elevators, and lighting systems at the airport's parking building and office building, he said.

"Even though there were few passengers, the airport still keeps up hygiene and cleaning measures in the complex to keep passengers' confidence once the flights are allowed to resume," Wg Cdr Suthirawat said.

He added that workers had been instructed to wear face masks and gloves to protect themselves against disease during the renovations.

Meanwhile, PM's Office Minister Tewan Liptapallop said on Saturday a total of 171 Thais who returned from India on Friday were not showing any symptoms of Covid-19. Of them, 104 are monks, and the rest nuns and Thai pilgrims.

Upon their arrival at Don Mueang airport, all were screened and taken to quarantine facilities prepared by the government, Mr Tewan said.

The minister added that the National Office of Buddhism is looking for ways to help monks nationwide who have been affected by Covid-19. Temple activities involving large gatherings have been banned during the coronavirus crisis which has left some temples hard up for money.

Many temples lack donations to pay for utility bills as the crisis has taken its toll on the economy and kept the faithful away, he said.

Mr Tewan also said that 21 Thais who were stranded in Iran, including five children, landed at Suvarnabhumi airport at 7.30am on Saturday.

They underwent health screening and no one was found to have a fever. They were then placed under quarantine, he said.


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Health Ministry issues guidelines for beauty clinics, massage spas

(NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has established guidelines for beauty clinics and massage spas, as the restrictions and measures for preventing COVID-19 start to be eased.

Dr. Thares Krassanairawiwong, Director-General of the Department of Health Service Support, said that, now some of the COVID-19 lockdown measures are being eased, enterprises, such as massage spas and beauty clinics, will be able to operate again provided they strictly comply with the MOPH's regulations by increasing the cleaning cycle, not flicking sheets to prevent diffusion and changing cushions and pillow cases for every customer. There must also be one room per client and curtains for massage spas. For foot massage, massage cushions must be placed 1.5 meters apart.

Those who use the service must wear a face mask, wash their hands and follow the facility's instructions.

Dr. Phanphimon Wipulakorn, Director-General of Department of Health, said the Department of Health has developed the "THAI STOP COVID" platform, to allow operators of restaurants, hotels, beauty salons or shopping malls to assess their readiness before providing their services and to allow the public to inspect and report on whether each enterprise strictly adheres to the screening measures by visiting https://stopcovid.anamai.moph.go.th.

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Air Asia publishes fit-to-fly guidelines when they take to Asia's skies again

Captain Ling Liong Tien, the Chief Safety Officer @ AirAsia, has sent out an email to customers laying down a detailed list of new requirements for early-adopters in the post-covid regional travel world. It doesn't look like a lot of fun, but there will at least be a means for airlines, airline staff, and passengers, to again take to the skies over Thailand. And eventually, the region and beyond.

"First and foremost, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are eligible to travel, be it international or domestic before booking a flight."

• All AirAsia guests will be required to bring their own mask and wear it properly before, during and after the flight, including during check-in and bag collection. Guests without a mask will be denied boarding.

• Carry-on cabin baggage. To facilitate social distancing especially during embarkation and disembarkation, we will only allow ONE piece of cabin baggage not exceeding 5 kg for each guest (usually 7 or 10 kg, depending on the airline you fly). This will help minimise unwanted contact between you and another guests' baggage.

• Please arrive early at the airport, preferably 3 hours before departure, to allow for enough time for all the necessary processes to take place.

• Aircraft will undergo disinfection including a deep clean performed using cleaning agents in accordance with Airbus Aircraft maintenance Manual.

• Every night aircraft will go under a thorough 2 hour cleaning procedure, in compliance with instructions from health authorities.

• Temperature screening will take place at different checkpoints, including boarding gates.

• Cabin crew will go through temperature checks after every shift

• Social distancing will be observed with floor markers at queuing areas, including check-in counters & kiosks.

• Alternate check-in counters will be opened to keep social distancing.

• Hand sanitisers will be available through processing points for guests and staff.

• Cabins will be disinfected via aerosol spraying before departure of all domestic and international flights.

• Pre-flight briefings on safety and hygiene will be conducted for all boarding cabin crew to ensure we are consistently following the most up-to-date advice.

• Contactless web and mobile check-in to reduce surface and physical contact in check-in and boarding processes.

• All cabin crew will be in protective equipment including masks and gloves

• Seat distancing. When flight occupancy allows, for guests to move within respective zones, under cabin crew's guidance. (Recent Thai CAA guidelines stated that guest will be seated in every other seat, so that planes would only be able to carry 50% of their total passenger load).

• All meals are produced and packaged hygienically following strict food safety requirements (up to date the Thai CAA has said there will be no food or refreshment service on domestic flights in Thailand).

• Cabin crew handling menu items will wear disposable gloves.

• Temperature checks will occur before arrival to destinations where temperature screening is mandatory.

• Health declaration forms will be handed out to be filled out before or on arrival.

• Thermal screening will take place upon arrival.

• Transit passengers will be asked to stay at the airport.

• Mandatory quarantine may take place as per regulations at your destination country.

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FAT to limit attendance at matches
The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) has said only a limited number of people will be permitted to attend matches when the domestic leagues resume behind closed doors.

All footballing activities were suspended on March 3 when the Thai government announced the state of emergency to deal with the worsening novel coronavirus pandemic in the country.

FAT president Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang said yesterday that Thai League Co has been instructed to restrict the number of all officials and staff to a maximum of 181 persons at each venue.

Somyot added that all those entering a match venue will be subjected to strict screening process as well.

However, Somyot did not give a confirmed date for the resumption of league battles.

"When we come back and play would depend on the novel coronavirus situation and an approval from the government," said the FAT president.

"We have studied the methods used in other countries to stage such games behind closed doors and I think these measures can be implemented in Thailand as well."

The FAT officially sought permission from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday to restart domestic leagues behind closed doors if the Covid-19 situation does not become worse.

The FAT said the decision to halt leagues had impacted the lives of many people who earn their living through football events in the country.

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Restaurants, markets among 8 Bangkok venues tipped to reopen from Friday

Restaurants, markets, sports centres, public parks, salons, pet clinics, medical services and golf courses in Bangkok might have a chance to reopen after the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration decided to ease its lockdown measures from May 1.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said today (April 28) after a meeting that these eight types of venues will be able to reopen but they need to strictly follow several Public Health Ministry measures, one of which is the all-important social distancing.

Restaurants have been ordered to separate seats by least 1.5 metres, sports centres are prohibited from holding team events, salons must be sanitised every two hours and pet clinics can accept only one client at a time.

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Bangkok Airways to take to the air from May 15

Bangkok Airways will resume its domestic operations from May 15, starting with the Bangkok-Samui-Bangkok flight twice daily.

All flight operations will strictly comply with safety measures and social distancing guidelines set by the Public Health Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, the airline said. The reopening of airports in Sukhothai and Trat and Bangkok Airways' other routes will be announced later.

The health and safety measures will include onboard seat distancing, suspension of in-flight food and beverage services and a ban on consumption of personal food or drink. All crew members will wear masks and gloves when on duty and passengers themselves are required to wear protective masks at all times during flights, the airline said.

Samui Airport is expected to reopen for daily operations on May 15 from 8am-7pm.

The airport has put in place safety measures to "ensure the highest level of safety for all passengers and staff".

The measures include passenger and staff screening, body temperature checks, a requirement that staff wear face masks at all times when on duty and social distancing arrangements.


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Nakhon Ratchasima flea markets to open from tomorrow

Nakhon Ratchasima Governor Wichian Chantharothai is allowing flea markets in the province to reopen from Wednesday (April 29) after they were ordered to close from April 2 to 30 in order to prevent residents from contracting Covid-19.

His order, announced today (April 28), limits flea market sales to five categories – fresh food, necessary items, kitchenware, cleaning products and those related to religious ceremonies such as flowers, incense and candles.

The markets are still prohibited from selling clothes, bags, cosmetics and other miscellaneous items.

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Barbers, restaurants can be reopened: expert virologist

Chulalongkorn University expert virologist Dr Yong Poovorawan said on his Facebook page that both barbers and restaurants could be reopened provided they take strict measures to prevent Covid-19 from spreading.

It would be possible to open barbers if both the barbers and customers wear medical masks, he said. Moreover, barbers should finish their work as fast as possible, spending the least amount of time touching a customer's head.

The doctor also suggested that barbers limit the number of customers in the shop to one at a time, or conduct an appointment service. Also, the shops must be properly ventilated.

As for restaurants, they were also advised to have good ventilation and observe social distancing with seats spaced appropriately.

"These places should also limit the number of customers to one at a time and follow strict sanitisation rules," he added.

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14 provincial airports to be opened for May holidays
Up to 14 airports across Thailand will be reopened to support domestic air travel during the long holidays in the beginning of May, Department of Airports director general Tawee Gasisam-ang said on Wednesday (April 29).

There are three public holidays in the first week of May alone.

He added that from the start of May, 32 domestic flights will be allowed to operate in airports under the department's supervision and up to 3,000 passengers are expected daily.

"After Covid-19 emerged, the number of flights dropped to between four and seven per day before stopping completely," he said. "In normal conditions, there are approximately 100 flights and 40,000 passengers daily."

He added that most of the airports to be reopened are located in places where adjoining provinces have lifted restrictions, such as Nakhon Si Thammarat and Udon Thani airports.

Tawee said the department has also enhanced measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in all reopened airports, such as disinfecting baggage carousels and asking airlines to set up partitions at check-in counters to separate staff and passengers.

"In compliance with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand [CAAT] standards, we have also rearranged seats and put in place means of measuring passengers' temperatures," he added.

Meanwhile, Flying Officer Sumpun Kutranon, general manager of Don Mueang International Airport, said he expects a lot of passengers to use the airport during the long holidays in May, especially those who want to use low-cost airlines.

"We initially expect approximately 4,000 passengers daily, because from May 1, airlines will operate 90 domestic flights per day," he said, adding that before Covid-19, the daily number of passengers was 100,000.

He also said the airport has implemented measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, such as requiring passengers to only enter the terminal via gates 10 and 14 so their temperature can be measured.

"Passengers who are found to have fever or those who don't wear a mask will not be allowed to enter the terminal," he said, adding that lines have been marked for passengers to maintain a metre's distance from each other while lining up for tickets, baggage check or boarding the plane.

"Airlines have also been instructed to rearrange seating inside the bus that takes passengers to the plane," he added.

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First Covid restriction easing
More to follow if number of new cases are under 30 after 14 days

The government has allowed the reopening on Sunday of six types of businesses, such as markets and small eateries but not malls, in the first stage of relaxation of disease-control restrictions.

The relaxation applies nationwide and provincial governors may not ease restrictions in their provinces beyond what was announced, said Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.     

He also said the government had maintained the 10pm-4am curfew, restrictions on international travel and recommendations on working from home and minimising inter-provincial travel.

Dr Taweesilp said on Thursday that the first stage of the relaxation, effective on Sunday, covered six categories of activities:

    Fresh, flea, floating and community markets, as well as walking streets and vendors' stalls;
    Food, beverage, dessert and ice cream shops outside department stores, as well as food stalls, food trucks and hawkers;
    Retail and wholesale businesses (supermarkets, convenience stores, community shops and IT or telecom product shops, or grocery trucks);
    Recreational and sports businesses (park activities such as walking, tai chi, non-team and non-competitive sports such as tennis, shooting, archery, cycling and golfing at courses and driving ranges)
    Barbers and hair salons but only for hair washing, cutting and styling;
    Pet grooming shops and pet hotels

Dr Taweesilp said while the activities were allowed, operators had to implement disease-control measures such as cleaning, use of face masks for everyone, distancing and hand sanitisation.

If the daily new cases of coronavirus infection do not exceed 30 in 14 days after the reopening, more relaxation would come.

The government planned four stages of the relaxation, which will take two months for the full reopening of activities, provided the number of new cases is manageable.

But if new cases soar, the relaxation will be revoked, Dr Taweesilp said.

Crowded activities including concerts, football matches and boxing stadiums are set to reopen in the final stage of the relaxation.

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16th May lottery draw to go ahead

(NNT) - The Government Lottery Office (GLO) has postponed three lottery drawings: the 1st April, 16th April, and 2 nd May drawings. The office has confirmed it will not postpone the next drawing on 16 May, and will sell lottery tickets for 1 June drawing as usual.

Any persons who have purchased lottery tickets in the postponed drawings can win prizes in 16th May draw. The GLO Spokesman Thanawat Polvichai said today the office will strictly enforce health and social distancing measures at the Lottery draw event.

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SCB reopens most branches in malls, markets  nationthailand.com

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) on Friday (May 1) reopened 292 out of a total 322 branches in markets and department stores nationwide.

On Tuesday (May 5), it will also reopen 578 out of its total 586 standalone branches.

SCB said the reopening has complied strictly with precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
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July 1 new term start confirmed

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan on Thursday confirmed that the reopening of all state schools for the new academic year will take place on July 1 although students at some schools may still not be able to attend class in person.

Speaking after a video conference meeting with executives of Educational Service Areas nationwide, Mr Nataphol said his ministry estimated that by July 1 the Covid-19 situation in Thailand will improve to the point that students in some areas can return to school.

"We believe that, by July, students in some areas will be able to attend classes, however the schools and students will still have to strictly follow the ministry's guidelines such as wearing masks, washing hands frequently and there must be distancing between students," the minister said.

Mr Nataphol said the schools will have to set up a station for body temperature screening and clean their premises frequently, adding that there is also a possibility that the number of students per class will be reduced and some outdoor activities will be banned in order to eliminate the chance of virus transmission.

"Each school will assess the risk in their areas if it's safe enough to conduct face-to-face teaching and report to the ministry," he said.

"If by July the situation in their locations has not improved, a system of long-distance learning will be introduced instead," Mr Nataphol added.

Mr Nataphol said the ministry has already prepared two solutions, distance-learning TV (DLTV) programmes and online learning for schools that may not be able to fully reopen.

The problem with DLTV is that it's a one-way communication and about 10% of schools in the country do not have TVs, he said.

Meanwhile, online learning is a two-way communication approach, however this method will only be introduced for secondary students

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BMA discusses new normal

Restaurant meals, haircuts and jogging in the park are back on ... but with many limits

Partitions are installed at the Penguin Eat Shabu restaurant in the Saphan Kwai area in Bangkok on Saturday. The restaurant accepts customers only by reservation. (Photo by Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

Masks, distancing and fever checks are the new way of life in Bangkok for at least another month, even as City Hall eased the lockdown in the capital in line with the government's announcement on Friday.

The measures the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to impose are similar to those already in place and in line with the government's directives, said Pol Capt Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, a BMA spokesman, after a meeting of the capital's communicable disease committee on Saturday.

The guidelines cover 10 types of businesses, most of which will be ready to offer services starting on Sunday. The exception is markets, where vendors are not yet ready to meet all the requirements. That includes the BMA-run Chatuchak weekend market, which will need "one or two weeks of preparation to reopen", said Pol Capt Pongsakorn.

What follows is a summary of what will and won't be allowed:

Restaurants covering more than 200 square metres must check employees and patrons for fever while smaller ones must do the best they can. Seating must be 1m to 1.5m apart and partitions must be installed, except when tables are at least 2m apart.

Customers coming in groups are advised to be seated separately.  Buffets are not allowed, only a-la-carte orders. Alcohol must not be served but can be brought home. Live music is banned and distancing must be observed when queuing at cashiers. Likewise, other types of eateries, stalls and hawkers must arrange for distancing for customers queuing to buy from them.

Wet, flea, floating and walking-street markets must set limits on the number of customers they can serve at a given time and restrict their entry and exit. Both vendors and customers must be screened for fever. Sanitisers must be provided and hand-sanitising must be promoted. Everyone must wear masks.

Barbershops, hair salons
Only trimming, washing and styling are allowed. Customer limits must be set, as well as 20-minute breaks at intervals for cleaning. Records of cleaning schedules must be kept, as well as details of customers.

Beauty and weight-loss clinics remain closed. The operators of other types of clinics can reopen but hey must follow the guidelines to be issued soon by the Public Health Ministry.

Golf courses, driving ranges
Food may be served in the clubhouse and the same measures used by restaurants apply. No group activities are allowed during or after playing. No competitions can be held and distancing rules apply on the course.

Outdoor sports
The types of sports allowed to resume are tennis, shooting and archery. Food may be served at venues, with the same rules as restaurants. No group activities are allowed during or after playing. No competitions, team play or spectators are allowed. Distancing is to be observed at all times.

Looking to get some indoor exercise instead? That's not possible yet as gyms and many other similar facilities remain closed (see list at end of story).

Public parks
Walking, jogging and cycling are allowed, as well as solo exercises. Non-group tai chi can be practised. Operators must restrict entry and exit and set up fever-screening checkpoints. Everyone must wear masks. No food can be sold or eaten but drinks can be sold.

Pet grooming shops, spas
Bookings must be made in advance and records of customers must be kept. Operators must ask customers questions to determine whether they are at risk.

Other retailers
Places that are already allowed to open such as supermarkets, convenience stores with dining corners, small retail shops or community grocery shops must limit customer numbers, check people for fever and ensure distancing while customers shop.

Telecom shops at malls can reopen and mobile vending machines can operate provided they are placed with social distancing in mind.
Drink responsibly

Alcohol sales are allowed starting from Sunday for home consumption only, as stipulated by the central government.
However, if too many drinkers behave irresponsibly or stage gatherings at which disease transmission risk is high, the booze ban that was in place for most of April could be slapped on again, authorities warned.

"But if we discuss with our neighbouring provinces and the consensus is to suspend the sale, we will abide by the joint resolution," Pol Capt Pongsakorn said.

On Friday the government announced the extension of the 10pm to 4am curfew by another month. It also banned gatherings including handouts to people, and meetings, except religious ceremonies, which are at the discretion of elders.

What's not open yet

Under the announcement, the following places remain closed:

Cinemas, pubs, bars, entertainment venues, water parks, playgrounds, fun parks, zoos, skating or rollerblade rinks or similar types of sports, snooker parlours, billiard halls, bowling alleys, game shops, internet shops, public swimming pools and cockfighting rings.

Also closed are department stores, shopping centres, fitness centres, beauty clinics, trade exhibition halls, conference halls, exhibitions, museums, public libraries, nurseries, elderly nursing homes, boxing rings, gyms, tattoo shops, dancing halls or schools, horse racing tracks, bathing services, saunas, health shops, Thai massage, foot massage and massage parlours.

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Quote from: thaiga on May 03, 2020, 02:04:55 AM
July 1 new term start confirmed

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan on Thursday confirmed that the reopening of all state schools for the new academic year will take place on July 1 although students at some schools may still not be able to attend class in person.

Student hairstyle rules relaxed - that'll please a few - Ministry directive reaffirms that long hair is allowed as long as it's neat

Student hairstyle rules relaxed

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Sukhothai barber fully booked after govt lets its hair down on lockdown  nationthailand.com
With the government allowing barbers and beauty salons to open from May 3 after about a month of shutdown, one barber in Sukhothai voiced happiness at seeing he is fully booked until May 6 at least by customers who have spent weeks staying put at home.

"I am glad the government has finally let barber shops reopen and that I can work again to support my family," beamed Suchart Boonmee, 45, owner of Chart Barber in Sukhothai's Meuang district.
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tut tut some have no masks :o

Military base battles Covid with free haircuts  nationthailand.com

Fort Bhumibol in Lopburi province is offering locals free haircuts to prevent crowding in barber shops and reduce their expenses. All customers need to do to get their hair trimmed for free is abide by tight hygiene rules at the artillery base. "To use the service, people must have their body temperature checked, and also be wearing a face mask and maintaining a safe distance from others," military officials said.

Meanwhile, the military barbers will use alcohol sanitiser to cleanse their hands and tools and refrain from using razors.
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Bleak sight at Erawan shrine as worshippers stay away  nationthailand.com
Bangkok's famous Erawan shrine has reopened but only a few people were seen paying homage, while the dancers, which the site is known for, were seen wearing face shields to protect themselves.  The shrine, housing the statue of Phra Phrom or the Thai representation of the Hindu god Brahma, is located at the Ratchaprasong intersection and is equally popular among foreigners and Thais.  The shrine was reopened on Sunday (May 3) for the first time in over a month. Few worshippers were seen on Monday, as Thailand will only lift the ban on incoming flights at the end of this month.

The shrine is open from 6am to 6pm.
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2-hour limit on shopping mall visits mulled

The prime minister has raised the prospect of a two-hour time limit on shopping centre visits to help curb the novel coronavirus.

The number of people allowed in at any one time will also need to be restricted, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said in a briefing in Bangkok on Tuesday.

"We're preparing for the next stage of reopening," he said, adding that the pathogen could have an impact on the economy for another six to nine months.

Thailand remains under a state of emergency through May, but has begun easing a partial lockdown to allow businesses to restart in phases. Malls were popular and crowded destinations before the pandemic. They are also drivers of revenue for conglomerates such as Central Group and TCC Group.

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SOE could shorten while malls seem set to reopen on May 17

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam told reporters at Government House on Thursday morning that the State of Emergency, which has been extended to May 30, could be shortened.

"This is under discussion and it will be mainly up to suggestions from doctors," he said.

The curfew should still be in effect for now, he added.

Fully reopening malls could be part of the second phase of lockdown easing measures but that will be up to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha's discretion.

By Thursday afternoon, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) provided a new timeline for reopening businesses.

Last week, the government allowed six groups of small businesses and public activities to reopen with a 14-day safety assessing period. It began on May 3.

Businesses have been grouped into four colored groups (white, green, yellow and red) in accordance to their level of risk.

White and green reopened on Sunday. Yellow are bigger businesses with medium risk level, which could include department stores.

Currently, only supermarkets, drug stores, telecommunication stores, restaurants and stores that sell essential products for everyday living are allowed to reopen.

"If there is no significant pick up in numbers before then, the second phase of easing measures will begin on May 17," said government spokesperson Dr Thaweesin Visanuyothin.

Thailand reported single digit numbers of new confirmed coronavirus cases for the past week. More people continue to recover while only 165 remain in the hospital.

Thaweesin explained that the period between May 8-13 will be used to receive suggestions and analyze all the updated data before they can come up with a draft plan for the second phase.

The new measures will have to be approved by the CCSA, which is chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, before it can come into effect.

"The second phase would include bigger businesses with more people compared to the smaller businesses that are essential to everyday living that have been allowed to reopen already," Thaweesin added.

Work from home

Thaweesin said on Thursday that measures to prevent crowding at sky train stations could include a quota on the number of people on platforms and real time notification in case one of the trains breaks down.

Government agencies are also discussing the possibility for public institutions to open and close at different times to prevent overcrowding on public transports and traffic congestion.

The government is also aiming to have at least 50 per cent of the 39 million labour force work from home. Thaweesin said government agencies are in talks with the private sector on this possibility.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


(tourists will have confidence and return to Thailand) they might have confidence, but as things are i doubt if they have the money, the travel rules is enough to make people holiday in their own country. health check, insurance, mask in flight, not exactly holiday talk is it. them that come for the jack n danny forget it unless you like clinking face shields in the bar. ;D  very nice temples to visit though.

PM pins hopes on factories, tourism restarting

The economy would improve once businesses reopen and employ people, and tourism resumes, with measures in place to give visitors confidence in their safety, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Friday.

He was replying to questions about the next step in relaxing the nationwide lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease.

Speaking about the employment situation, Gen Prayut said, "If workplaces reopen, there will be employment and salaries... If factories reopen and employ people, rehabilitation will start."

"Tourism, tourist destinations and hotels will be improved so that tourists will have confidence and return to Thailand. We will take special care of public health," the prime minister said.

He said that during relaxation of disease control measures, resumption of activities would be gradual. Otherwise, things would get out of control.

"The government will do its best to take care of everyone, as far as it can, with existing laws and budgets and it will use money efficiently. Please have confidence and listen to the government," Gen Prayut said.

He asked people to follow disease control measures because a new round of virus contagion would result in greater troubles.

"Please be patient and helpful. The government is taking care of affected businesses and people. We do not know how long the Covid pandemic will last. The key is to make our country a safe place as soon as possible," Gen Prayut said.

"In the near future, more categories of shops and premises will be allowed to open. We will take some time for consideration."

Some additional places would reopen on May 17, he said.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Over 10,000 vendors put wares on sale as Chatuchak market opens its doors

A senior official of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) inspected Chatuchak Weekend Market on Saturday (May 9) on the first day of its reopening after being closed since March 22 under a government order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Wullaya Wattanarat, deputy permanent secretary of the city administration, said: "The BMA will allow the market to open on weekends from 5am to 6pm in all zones except the watch tower and night market zones due to curfew restrictions," she said. "There are 10,334 vendors who have expressed their interest to continue opening their shops in the market."

To prevent the possible spread of Covid-19, BMA has limited access to the market from six locations, which will have screening checkpoints equipped with thermo-scanners at all locations. Vehicles will be allowed to enter/exit via Kamphaengphet Road and Phaholyothin Road only.

"All vendors and customers must wear sanitary or cloth face masks, while restaurants must comply with social distancing measures announced by the Ministry of Public Health," she added. "Furthermore, all eight public restrooms in the market will be cleaned every two hours and will provide alcohol-based hand gels to visitors."

Vendors selling items like clothes have been instructed to limit the number of customers to five at a time for small shops and 10 for larger shops. Activities that involve crowds are banned at the market.

"BMA will also help the vendors in Chatuchak Weekend Market by exempting them from paying rent for three months," added Wullaya.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Shopping mall to reopen for two-day trial

A shopping mall will be allowed to reopen for a two-day trial period on Thursday and Friday to gauge the effectiveness of their disease control measures, Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said on Saturday.

An assessment will be made on Saturday and, if the trial is successful, the government will announce the next stage of easing the coronavirus lockdown next Sunday, Dr Taweesilp said.

Only some shops inside the chosen mall would be allowed to restart businesses and at certain hours, he added. The mall has yet to be named.

He said the proposal for the trial period was raised by a CCSA working panel at a meeting on Saturday.

"The panel drafted the proposal that a mall be reopened as a trial to see how they implement their measures [to prevent transmission among customers and workers]," he said. "We will study the trial period carefully before making an assessment on May 16."

When details are finalised, the CCSA will inform the public so they can prepare, Dr Taweesilp said.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Malls head list of venues due to reopen at end of week

The government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Monday (May 11) revealed the draft list of venues and activities allowed to reopen or restart under the second phase of lockdown easing, which is expected to take place on Sunday, May 17.

The list is not final and more items may be added later, said the centre's spokesperson Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin. The list will be finalised on May 15.

1. Shopping malls, community malls and department stores – except for cinemas, bowling alleys, fitness centres, water theme parks, fun parks, convention halls and Buddha image shops.

2. Food outlets in office buildings – including restaurants, canteens, beverage shops, ice cream and dessert shops.

3. Retail and wholesale shops.

4, Beauty salons (for treatments that take no longer than two hours), nail salons.

5. Beauty clinics, slimming centres.

6. Outdoor sports stadiums (no spectators allowed).

7. Floral gardens, botanical gardens, museums, public libraries, galleries.

8. Traditional massage shops (foot massage only).

9. Production of TV programmes, advertising and fashion shoots (crew limited to five).

10. Meetings inside and outside workplaces via video conferencing software

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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