Mask Rule Changes and Closing Hours Waiting For Approval
Published: June 22, 2022 at 9:51 pm
Although the Thailand Pass is no longer required for travelers going to Thailand starting July 1, there seems to be a delay on facemask guidelines and closing hours.
Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the CCSA spokesperson, clarifies the new guidelines on wearing face masks by stating that all 77 provinces in Thailand would be assigned as green zones.
In the new green zones classification, wearing a face mask outside will be optional “except in crowded areas such as public transport, marketplaces, and event sites,” or for individuals with health issues.
He added that there would be 3 situations where you may remove your mask.
* If you are alone in an area
* Maintained a safe distance from others and the location is well-ventilated.
* If you are eating, exercising, performing art, or getting medical or cosmetic treatment on your face.
Dr. Taweesilp added that businesses, workplaces, and buildings have the right to enforce their own health guidelines.
On the other hand, the CCSA announced the new nightlife closing hours which will be changed to 2 am.
Dr. Taweesilp admits that it remains unclear when operational hours would be extended to 2 am, as there are laws covering the closure time of entertainment places.
The CCSA is requesting clarification from the National Security Council to analyze the legal repercussions of the proposed closing hours prior to making a recommendation to the cabinet.
One of the announcements from last Friday pending publication in the Royal Gazette is the removal of mandatory installation of infra-red screen devices on businesses and venue entrances.
Since April 2020, thermal scanning has been a familiar sight at all buildings and store doors in Thailand.
Although all of the declarations made last Friday may go into effect on July 1, they must first be published in the Royal Gazette.
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