THE Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) further eased Covid restrictions today (Oct. 30) with alcohol consumption allowed in Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certified restaurants till 9 p.m. during Nov. 1-30, Amarin TV said this afternoon.
This follows the moving of Bangkok from maximum and strict control (dark red) Covid control zone to a new blue tourism pilot scheme category by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) executive committee yesterday.
In its announcement number 45 the Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee further relaxed control measures thus allowing certain operations and activities to resume but these have to comply with universal prevention measures while arranging Covid-free setting.
Operators of food or beverage outlets were told to improve their establishments according to the new way of life and undergo assessment for SHA certification at http://www.thailandsha.com.
Among the businesses and activities allowed to resume are the following:
– BMA’s Bureau of Health will consider which nurseries, child development and special children’s centres may reopen;
– Elderly care centres may reopen but both service recipients and staff have to be fully vaccinated with there to be random check of the staff every week;
– General food/drinks outlets may operate normally but alcohol consumption is only allowed at restaurants that pass the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s SHA standard with this upto 9 p.m.;
– Convenience stores, fresh and flea markets may open as usual;
– Libraries and museums of all types may reopen but visitors should refrain from eating or drinking and not organise any activities;
– Movie theatres may reopen but seating limited to 75% of capacity;
– Beauty salons, manicure and tattoo parlours may operate by appointment. Tattoo parlour operators must be vaccinated or get a negative RT-PCR or ATK Covid test result within 72 hours;
– Spas and Thai massage facilities may operate by appointment only. Recipients of services requiring water usage must be fully vaccinated or get a negative RT-PCR or ATK Covid test result within 72 hours;
– Parks, sports fields, swimming pools and other water activities may open normally;
– Gym and fitness centres must strictly follow preventive measures. Steaming service recipients must be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative RT-PCR or ATK Covid test within 72 hours;
– Spectators of competitions at various stadiums must be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative RT-PCR or ATK Covid test result within 72 hours;
– Hotels, exhibition and convention centers may reopen but consumption of alcohol is not allowed. Ventilation breaks are required and meals must be prepared separately;
– Malls and community malls may open normally but operators must refrain from organising activities that cause congestion;
– Theatres have to ask for permission from the Bureau of Health to reopen;
– Boxing and martial arts schools and dance studios have to ask for permission from the Bureau of Health to reopen;
– Weight control facilities, amulet centres, zoos and animal exhibition centres may reopen;
– Meeting rooms and banquet halls may reopen but consumption of alcohol not allowed Ventilation breaks are required and meals must be prepared separately;
– Playgrounds may reopen at the discretion of the district office.
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