Covid-19: Progressive easing of restrictions

This article has last been updated on 27 May 2020 (4.30 pm). For a reminder of what the lockdown was like in Cha-am and in Thailand at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic (March-April 2020), please see this article.

On the positive side, the curfew is now from 11.00 pm to 4.00 pm (used to be from 10.00 pm to 4.00 pm). Restaurants and shopping malls can reopen, as well as markets, furniture shops… Beauty clinics, fitness centers and swimming pools can open under strict conditions. Travel restrictions are lifeted but progressively, it is still recommended not to travel if not necessary. Since 20 May 2020 most of the hotels can reopen, but with no more than 50% of occupancy. Since 27 May 2020, Cha-am beach has opened but only for walking around and seating, all water activities including swimming are still prohibited.

On the negative side, there is still a curfew. Restaurants can’t sell alcohol and alcohol can’t be consumed in public. Bars are still closed. Cinemas, amusement parks, tutorial schools and massage parlours have to stay closed. Travel between provinces can still be difficult. And the ban on incoming international flights has been extended to 30 June 2020, so foreigners whether they are tourists, or they hold a work permit or are married to a Thai national, can’t come to Thailand until at least July.

As for the rest, what they call the “new normal” will be imposed on us and we will have to bear with wearing a mask in public, temperature checks, social distancing and even tracking applications.

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