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THAILAND AMID THE PANDEMIC!
July 1 Ends All Lockdowns In Thailand 

The Government plans to completely lift the lockdown of all businesses and activities on July 1 ending the emergency decree and curfew. 

JULY 1. ENDS ALL LOCKDOWNS IN THAILAND ?

The government plans to completely lift the lockdown of all businesses and activities on July 1 across the country with preparations made in advance in June, the National Security Council (NSC) chief said.

This includes lifting inter-provincial travel restrictions as well as ending the emergency decree and curfew.

NSC secretary-general Gen Somsak Roongsita told a press briefifing on the May 28  lifting restrictions under the emergency decree would lead to a complete reopening of the country, and that officials in June would prepare measures for the reopening.

"Authorities will have serious discussions because after the emergency decree ends, other laws will be used instead," he said.

"People's cooperation is important. This concerns the use of face masks, social distancing, hand washing and limiting activities. As long as the disease is spreading worldwide, we will have to fight against it for some time." 

Gen Somsak said the executive decree on public administration in emergency situations, which was invoked on March 26 to deal with Covid-19, will end in June, and the ban on international travel would end at the same time it is lifted.

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The 2005 Executive Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations empowers the government to impose a state of emergency for up to three months, which can later be extended.

The full reopening in July will come after the third phase of the relaxation in June.

On May 29th The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) headed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha deliberated proposals by security and health agencies.

They agreed to allow more businesses to reopen and shorten the curfew by one hour 11.00 pm-3..00 am.

Chairing the CCSA meeting, Prime Minister Prayut said that the state of emergency, effective since late March until the end of June, was still crucial for containing the outbreak. It might be lifted in the next phase of lockdown easing. ( The final easing set for 1 July)

Thailand began the first phase of measure relaxations on May 3 allowing some small businesses to reopen.

In the second phase from May 17, large businesses including shopping malls were reopened with limited operating hours.

Secretary General of the National Security Council General Somsak Rungsita announced after the CCSA meeting that in the third phase of lockdown easing, interprovincial travelling would be allowed.

More businesses including movie theatre, spa, salon and exhibitions under 20,000 square-meters could also reopen he said.

Whilst inter-provincial public bus services resumed June 1 for travel from Bangkok to the North and North East. The state sponsored Inter-provincialTransport Company announced on June 2 it was maintaining its ban on services to the southern provinces and journeys of more than 300 kilometres.

The company was expected to resume services from Bangkok to Koh Samui, Phuket and Trang from 1 June 2020. 

THE FINAL PHASE

Details on which businesses can resume -- and under what conditions -- under the final phase of relaxation are not yet known. For the time being Bars and Entertainment zones remain closed and whilst restaurants can open, they're still strictly forbidden to sell alcohol to their customers.

8 June 2020

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