THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) executive committee today (Jan. 7) adjusted Covid zoning and placed 69 provinces in the control zone (orange) with eight province remaining in the blue tourism pilot scheme zone and none coming under the the highest and strict control (dark red), highest control (red), and high surveillance (yellow) zones with this effective from Sunday Jan. 9 onwards, Matichon newspaper said.
The eight blue zone provinces that remain unchanged are Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Chonburi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phang Nga and Phuket.
The 69 provinces in the orange zone are as follows:
Kalasin, Kamphaeng Phet, Khon Kaen, Chanthaburi, Chachoengsao, Chumphon, Chainat, Chaiyaphum, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Trang, Trat, Tak. Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nakhon Sawan, Narathiwat, Nan, Bueng Kan, Buriram, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Prachinburi, Pattani, Ayutthaya, Phatthalung, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phetchaburi, Phetchabun, Phrae, Maha Sarakham;
Mukdahan, Mae Hong Son, Yasothon, Yala, Roi Et, Ranong, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Lop Buri, Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Sisaket, Sakon Nakhon, Songkhla, Satun, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Sa Kaeo, Saraburi, Sing Buri, Sukhothai, Suphan Buri, Surat Thani, Surin, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lamphu, Ang Thong, Amnat Charoen, Udon Thani, Uttaradit, Uthai Thani and Ubon Ratchathani.
Regarding the adjustment of Covid preventive and control measures, for all areas measures issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations, B.E. 2548 will apply.
Work from home has been enforced from Jan. 1 this year.
Activities that can be carried out include those in groups (should the number be high then the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee will consider whether to allow it), educational institutions at all levels are allowed to function including tutoring schools and nurseries plus child development centres, libraries, restaurants both inside and outside shopping malls, shopping malls, convenience stores, markets, flea markets, hotels, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, beauty centres, health services, massage parlours, spas, sport venues, stadiums, sports fields, swimming pools and movie theatres.
However the provincial Communicable Disease Committee and the agency in Bangkok may close any of these activities as it deems fit.
The new and old zoning map of Thailand. The Thai headline says, “Adjusting orange colour, 69 provinces.” Image: Matichon