Phuket’s provincial government has ordered pubs and bars to close by midnight as part of its virus control efforts amidst the escalating situation concerning the COVID-19 throughout the country.
According to the provincial government, the order remains in effect until January 20. It may even be extended until further notice depending on the situation.
Phuket is currently classified as a “yellow zone” or a “high surveillance” zone by the government. The island province currently has no case of infections of the COVID-19, but the government is keeping a close eye on the province so it can react accordingly when emergencies arise.
Governor Narong Woonciew and the provincial Communicable Disease Committee met yesterday and came up with the following guidelines governing the alcohol ban and restrictions on entertainment venues as well as restaurants.
The body decided on the following rules:
Alcohol must not be served by food courts and restaurants beyond midnight.
Venues like pubs, bars, karaoke venues and other forms of entertainment venues are required to be closed exactly at midnight.
Violations of these rules are considered violations of Section 51 of the Disease Control Act of 2015. Under the law, violations can come with a fine of up to THB20,000. Furthermore, violations can also be considered breaches of Section 52 as well of the same act. Violations carry with them a fine of THB100,000 and imprisonment of up to one year.
Violators will also face charges under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations of 2005. These violations carry with them a fine of THB40,000. Violators can also face penalties of up to two years’ imprisonment.
In other news, Thailand has discovered 278 cases of local transmission today, January 12.
These cases make up more than 90% of the cases reported for today. According to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, it has discovered 287 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.
According to CCSA spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the breakdown of the new cases are as follows:
Samut Sakhon, 51 cases
Bangkok, 33 cases
Chonburi, 17 cases
Samut Prakan, 12 cases
Rayong, 9 cases
Ang Thong, 8 cases
Lop Buri, 6 cases
Pathum Thani, 5 cases
Ayutthaya, 3 cases
Chacheongsao, 2 cases
Chiang Mai, 2 cases
Singburi, 2 cases
Khon Kaen, 1 case
Suphanburi, 1 case
Roi Et, 1 case
An additional 125 cases were found in Bangkok as part of the government’s proactive screening measures.
All cases are now quarantined, and receiving treatment from hospitals. The Department of Disease Control is also looking into contact tracing for these new infections.
The second wave of the coronavirus has already reached 59 provinces, the CCSA added. There are now 10 provinces in the “red zone”, 12 in orange, 37 in yellow, and 18 provinces in white.
Thailand’s total cases are now at 10,834. 6,732 patients have already recovered from the COVID-19, while 67 people have become fatalities to the virus.
The worldwide number of COVID-19 cases is at 90.9 million, with a death toll of 1.94 million.