Thai schools to drop COVID-19 measures

Photo: Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Secondary School
Photo: Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Secondary School

Public school students will no longer have to sit two meters from their friends and may forgo face masks starting next week. 

After over two years of COVID-19 restrictions, Thai students can return to their usual learning environment as the Education Ministry announced that COVID-19 health measures will be revoked Saturday.

The order, signed by ministry Permanent Secretary Supat Jumpatong, came after COVID-19 infection rates and fatalities dropped nationwide in recent weeks. This means schools are no longer required to arrange social distancing nor ask students to wear face masks in classes. 

Students and teachers will also no longer be required to show ATK test results. They will again be allowed to attend group activities without a cap on participants.

Along with the relaxed measures at school, Saturday will also see the long-awaited sunsetting of the Emergency Decree granting officials sweeping powers to enact curfews, limit travel, and even censor the media. The COVID-19 task force, after over two years of operation, will dissolve the same day.

RIP Emergency Decree (March 2020 – Sept. 2022)
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