On March 26th Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha announced Thailand was officially on lockdown under Emergency Decree.
BANGKOK 18 MARCH 2020
It was just a usual, warm, bustling night on the neon lit street of Soi Cowboy, when along with all the other bars, nightclubs and several other crowded venues in Bangkok was ordered by the government to shut for two weeks, starting from Wednesday March 18, which to date, three months later, may very well of marked the end of an era.
On March 26th Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha announced Thailand was officially under emergency decree until the end of April to deal with Covid-19.
Prior to the announcement of the Emetgency Decree, bars that had been ordered to close temporarily were now shut until further notice.
The decree gave the PM the executive power to declare further measures to contain coronavirus, including giving extra authority to officials and creating checkpoints to reduce people’s movements.
Prayut said some requirements would be mandatory while others would be “requests.”
He urged people not to return to their home provinces and said there will be checkpoints and quarantine measures taken along the way for those who did.
The emergency decree gave various powers to the PM, including the potential restriction of domestic travel, censoring media, curfews, commandeering or closing buildings, among others.
The Thai PM at this point said that the rumours of a curfew taking place were false.
ENTERTAINMENT VENUES CLOSE
A shutdown to contain Covid-19 killed Thailand’s party scene, entertainment venues such as Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza etc and massage parlours from Bangkok to Pattaya, have closed and forced an estimated 300,000 sex workers out of a job, pressing many onto the streets.