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Thai govt to decide on extending emergency decree, easing COVID-19 restrictions


Thai govt to decide on extending emergency decree, easing COVID-19 restrictions

The government will this week decide whether or not to ease the restrictions put in place to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

With the current emergency decree set to expire on April 30, Thai media reports a decision on whether or not the decree will be extended is imminent.

The Thai government is eager to try and alleviate the economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 while at the same time safeguarding against any further outbreak.

Meetings held between high ranking government officials were due to be held on Monday and a decision could even be reached later today, prior to being put forward for Cabinet approval on Tuesday.

The National Security Council will propose the emergency decree is extended for one more month so the pandemic can be properly brought under control, Naewna reported.

However, some businesses, such as shopping malls, are expected to be allowed to reopen, albeit with strict social distancing measures in place.

Some domestic travel restrictions may be also lifted but the ban on inbound flights is expected to be extended until mid-May.

It is also not yet known if the restrictions regarding the sale of alcohol will be lifted. While alcohol sales at supermarkets and convenience stores may be permitted, bars and nightclubs are expected to remain closed.

Last week, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said that restrictions could be eased if the virus had been controlled locally.

“If everyone cooperates, strictly maintain new habits including wearing masks and social distancing, the government will be aware of the change and gradually relax measures”, Dr Taweesin said.


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