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Thailand to further ease COVID-19 restrictions

The Cabinet approved to ease the level of control over the country under the COVID-19 situation including relaxing businesses and activities in 4 areas.

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The Cabinet approved to ease the level of control over the country under the COVID-19 situation including relaxing businesses and activities in 4 areas.

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Strict control zone (Red) : Samut Sakhon , markets can reopen, with customers limited and keep social distancing; restaurants, closing at 9pm without alcohol; department stores, closing at 9pm; Schools, only online-learning, gym remains closed

Control zone (Orange): Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkhram, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom / Pathum Thani, Tak, and Ratchaburi; Restaurant must close before 11PM, dining and drinking alcohol are permitted ; Entertainment venue, drinking and live performance without dancing are allowed before closing at 11PM ; Department Stores, open as scheduled, restrict the number of customers and no commercial event ;Schools and tutoring institutions, normal studying ;Exercise area, indoor and outdoor, allowed to open normally with restricted number of users, also allowed to hold competitions

Close surveillance zone (Yellow): Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Chachoengsao, Phetchaburi, Ranong, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chumphon, Songkhla, Yala and Narathiwat. Using as same restriction as Orange zone but the restaurant and entertainment venue can be opening until midnight

Surveillance zone (Green) : other provinces. Restaurants can reopen with social distancing. Entertainment places can reopen, alcoholic drinks, music performances . Gym is open, allowed to hold competitions with restricted numbers of viewers

Meanwhile, Thailand is planned to distribute vaccine nationwide and will start vaccination program this 28 February 2021

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