The government will reduce the number of Covid-19 control zones (orange) and re-designate them as the so-called closely monitored yellow zone as the situation improves in the country, the CCSA announced this afternoon.
As of January 24, the drinking hours in approved catering establishments where food is served will also be extended.
CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin told this afternoon that starting next Monday, the number of orange zones will be reduced from 69 to 44, with 25 closely monitored zones (yellow ones) being rezoned. There are currently no yellow zones in Thailand.
The pending changes are a response to the improving Covid19 situation in the country, the spokesperson said
The number of tourist pilot (blue) zones remains the same: eight entire provinces and parts of 18 other provinces.
The 25 heavily guarded (yellow) provinces are Kamphaeng Phet, Chai Nat, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Sawan, Narathiwat, Bung Kan, Pattani, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Phrae, Yala, Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Sakon Nakhon, Zing Buri, Sukhothai, Suphan Buri, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Ang Thong, Amnat Charoen, Uttaradit and Uthai Thani.
“We have to thank the people in the 25 provinces for their cooperation in the fight against disease, and we will relax the restrictions to allow for more business and other activities,” said Dr. Taweesilp.
The eight tourism pilot provinces are Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Chonburi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phangnga and Phuket.
Up to 500 people can gather in the orange zones and up to 1,000 in the yellow zones. Both zones can use school buildings, with measures for disease control.
Food outlets are allowed to open in all zones, but alcohol consumption is prohibited at eateries in orange zones.
In the blue and yellow zones, alcohol consumption in eateries that meet disease control standards will be extended from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The neighborhood supermarkets and markets are allowed to open in all zones. Exhibition and convention centers and the like in shopping centers and hotels are allowed to hold events with no more than 1,000 participants in orange zones. The restriction does not apply to the other two zones.
The CCSA has not extended the work-from-home policy beyond Jan. 31, said Dr. Taweesilp.