All schools, bars, theaters, massage parlors and more must close in Bangkok

In its strongest response yet to contain the spread of COVID-19, the government today ordered all pubs, schools, entertainment venues, massage parlors and theaters in metropolitan Bangkok closed for two weeks, effective Wednesday.

As Thailand’s number of cases surged to 177 today, an increase of 50% over just three days ago, the cabinet also said sporting arenas, concerts and other potentially crowded events must be canceled, though it did not specify a minimum crowd size. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha insisted the nation will not shut its borders but would impose stricter measures, such as requiring travelers from affected areas show health certificates and submit to government monitoring.

Three official holidays set for next month – April 13-15 – were officially revoked. Replacement dates were not announced. 

Full gov’t statement on partial COVID-19 shut down of Bangkok in English

The cabinet made the expected move on the heels of yet another spike in reported cases today. Two days after reporting a one-day high of 33, health officials announced another 30 this morning, pushing total infections to 177. The country is still testing the more than 100 citizens who joined approximately 16,000 people at the mosque gathering in Malaysia. 

The list of educational institutions to close included universities, international schools and cram schools. Sporting venues included boxing stadiums and race tracks. Gyms and spas are also closed 14 days.

Outside of Bangkok, closures would be left up to provincial governors. Southeast of Bangkok, Chonburi province, home to Pattaya, announced its own closures.


Related:

30 new COVID-19 cases detected, PM says ‘Thailand will beat this’

Thailand contradicts, flip-flops, sugarcoats COVID-19 as public teeters on pandemic panic

 

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