Bangkok, 22 March, 2020, at 09.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that following the Royal Thai Government’s recent announcement on several measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including the postponement of the Songkran holiday, provincial governors have issued orders to temporary close venues considered high-risk areas.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) issued an order for 26 types of venues including shopping malls, markets and an expanded list of sports, entertainment and service shops to be closed from today, 22 March, to 12 April, 2020. Supermarkets, pharmacies, food takeaways and deliveries, and other essential services used in daily life remain open. (Read more at: Bangkok orders malls, markets and other venues closed until 12 April)
Shortly after the BMA’s announcement, the Ministry of Interior also announced similar orders from the provincial governors of Bangkok’s five surrounding provinces (Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon) for a blanket closure of similar types of venues throughout the same 22-day period.
Meanwhile, Phuket province issued its order on 20 March, 2020, for fighting cock and fish venues and water parks to be closed until further notice. The order also covers six types of venues and shops to be closed until 31 March, 2020, including spas and massage shops, fitness centres and gyms, Thai boxing and martial arts schools, indoor and outdoor kid’s playgrounds, markets and weekend markets, and gaming and Internet shops.
The aforementioned orders are in addition to the Royal Thai Government’s announcement on 17 March, 2020, which includes a 14-day closure of universities, international schools and tutorial schools, from 18 to 31 March, 2020, and temporary closure of Muay Thai stadiums, sports stadiums, horse race tracks, cinemas, pubs/bars, and entertainment venues in Bangkok and the vicinity until the situation improves.
TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/). For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.
For constant updates of Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures for travellers, please visit https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.
This press release is published on 22 March, 2020, at 09.00 Hrs. All information is accurate at the current time but can be changed depending on the situation. The TAT Newsroom will not be updating this press release but will issue new updates as soon as further information becomes available.