Updated on 31 May, 2021, at 20.00 Hrs.: CCSA told Bangkok to extend COVID-19 restrictions until 14 June 2021
Bangkok, 31 May, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest updates that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) most recent Order of Temporary Closure of Premises (No. 29), which will expire today, will be relaxed to allow five types of venues to reopen from 1 June, 2021.
The BMA Communicable Diseases Committee stated in the Meeting Resolution No. 15/2564 dated 31 May, 2021, that recent clusters of COVID-19 infections were mostly detected in communities, markets, and construction workers’ camps, and are currently under control measures.
Meanwhile, the Committee recognised that there were no new cases reported in some businesses and venues and agreed to allow them to reopen in compliance with the government’s disease prevention and control measures.
The following venues and businesses will be allowed to reopen from 1 June, 2021:
- Museums, national museums, local museums and similar museums, learning centres, science centres for education, science parks, science and cultural centres, historical sites, ancient monuments, and galleries. However, group visits or large gatherings are not allowed;
- Premises for tattooing or piercing of skin or any parts of the body, and manicure and pedicure shops. However, if any new cases are detected, the premises must be closed for 14 days;
- Weight-loss centres, aesthetic clinics, medical clinics for beauty service, and cosmetic clinics;
- Health-related establishments (spa shops, health massage shops, beauty massage shops), and establishments for Thai traditional massage and foot massage;
- Public parks, botanic gardens, and flower gardens. However, gatherings, picnics or consumption of food within the premises are not allowed, with exception for drinking water.
Other remaining venues and businesses as specified in the Order of Temporary Closure of Premises (No. 29) are to remain closed until 14 June, 2021, which include:
- Buildings and places of schools, tutorial schools, and all types of educational institutes;
- Entertainment venues, any establishments providing similar services to those of entertainment venues, amusement places, pubs, bars, karaoke shops, or other similar venues;
- Massage parlours;
- Establishments for bath services and establishments for steam bath and herbal steam;
- Cockfighting rings and cockfighting training rings;
- Bullrings, fish fighting rings, or other similar sport arenas;
- Cinemas, theatres, and playhouses;
- Water parks and amusement parks;
- Playgrounds and playground equipment for children;
- Zoos and animal display venues;
- Skating rings and rollerblading arenas, or other similar activities;
- Snooker and billiards halls;
- Bowling alleys and game machine arcades;
- Gaming centres and Internet cafes;
- Public swimming pools or other similar businesses;
- Fitness centres;
- Exhibition halls, trade fair centres, and convention centres;
- Public libraries, community libraries, private libraries, and book houses;
- Nurseries (except those operated in hospitals with admission for overnight stay as a regularity), early childhood development centres, and preschool child development centres;
- Elderly care centres (except admission for overnight stay as a regularity);
- Boxing stadiums and boxing training gyms;
- Martial arts schools (gyms);
- Social/ballroom dance schools and academies;
- Horse racing courses;
- Amulet and Buddha statue trading markets and centres;
- All types of competition venues;
- Places of entertainment or places for public performances or recreation;
- Places providing services on meeting rooms, catering rooms, catering venues, and other those similar places;
- Beauty salons and barber shops (to be opened only for shampooing, cutting, layering, dressing, and service users waiting for service in shops are not allowed);
- All types of indoor and outdoor sports venues, golf courses and driving ranges, and swimming pools for sports or marine activity in ponds.
In addition, there are integrated control measures for the follow businesses and venues:
- Shops selling food or beverage, consuming food and beverage at the said venues is allowed until 21.00 Hrs. These venues shall limit the number of persons consuming food and beverage to 25% for the number of regular seats. Consumption of liquor and alcoholic drinks at the said venues is prohibited, and takeaway service for food and beverage can be done until 23.00 Hrs.
- Shopping malls, shopping centres, community malls, or similar establishments can open for operation by their regular time until 21.00 Hrs.
- Convenience stores, supermarkets, night markets, all-night markets, and walking streets can open for operation by their regular time but no later than 23.00 Hrs. Stores or venues specified above, which are regularly open for 24-hour services, can open for operation from 04.00 Hrs.
- Any activities prone to disease spread; such as, meetings, seminars, banquets, distribution of food or things, parties, camping, film or television programme production, religious activities, Dharma practice, and meetings with senior relatives, can be organised but the number of attendees must not exceed 20 people.
- In case where the number of attendees exceeds 20 people but no more than 1,000 people, organisers shall request for permission by submitting the working plan and disease control measures to the district office in charge of the area before organising the said activities.
- In case where the number of attendees exceeds 1,000 people, organisers shall request for permission by submitting the working plan and disease control measures to the BMA’s Health Department before organising the said activities, except those operated by government agencies or ones implemented in the venues designated as quarantine facilities. Organisers shall comply with the disease prevention and control measures for inhibiting the spread of disease.
Any persons who violate or fail to comply with this order shall be guilty of an offence under Section 52 of the Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558 (2015), which shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one (1) year or to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand (100,000) Baht, or both and shall be guilty of an offence under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation B.E. 2548 (2005), which shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two (2) years or to a fine not exceeding forty thousand (40,000) Baht, or both.
For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.