By Thai Newsroom Reporters
BANGKOK, FIVE OUTLYING provinces and four southernmost provinces are now under lockdown and curfew for a 14-day duration as the domestic pandemic situation has worsened.
The lockdown and curfew were imposed yesterday (July 9) by the Centre for the Covid-19 Situation Administration, effective from today and Monday respectively.
The provinces affected by the latest measures against the domestic pandemic include Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani, Songkhla and Bangkok.
The 14-day lockdown is keeping people from going to highly-infected spots such as communities and marketplaces throughout Bangkok and those provinces under maximum control and restrictions.
The lockdown, effective from 6 a.m. today, calls for any group of six or more people to not gather around anywhere, including anti-Prayut protesters led by the so-called Thais Do Not Tolerate activist group who planned to take to the streets, starting from Rajadamnern Avenue area today.
The curfew is keeping Bangkokians and the people in those highly-infected provinces from leaving home from 9 p.m. till 4 a.m. from Monday.
The people were urged to work from home and to not step out unless necessary. Exception for leaving home includes travels to buy foods, to a hospital or where the vaccination may be provided.
Department stores, trading centres, spa and massage parlours and beauty salons are closed from Monday.
Supermarkets, drugstores and grocery stores in the compound of department stores and trading centres are allowed to open until 8 p.m.
Restaurants, cafes and food shops in the compound of department stores and trading centres are allowed to open only for to-go food and drinks untill 8 p.m. while convenience stores close from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m.
Top: People wait in line overnight for free Covid-19 testing at the Wat Phra Si Mahathat temple in Bangkok yesterday, July 9, 2021. Photo: AP/Sakchai Lalit and published by Channel NewsAsia
Home Page: An empty street in Bangkok during last year’s lockdown. Photo: NNT