Thai PM imposes lockdown restrictions in 28 “Red Zone” provinces from Monday

A set of lockdown measures, which include travel restrictions, voluntary working from home, school closures, a ban on serving alcohol in restaurants and on all crowd-attracting activities, especially in 28 provinces declared as Red Zones, will come into force tomorrow (Monday).

Invoking the Emergency Decree, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha imposed eight preventive measures, aimed at curbing the current and relentless surge of COVID-19 infections in the country.

There is a ban on the use of all buildings or premises, deemed to be at risk of spreading the contagion, for teaching, examinations, training or other activities which would bring people together, except for official and charitable activities.

People living in the Red Zo

Restaurant association to ask Thai PM not to ban customers from dining-in

The Association of Thai Restaurants is against a measure, proposed by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), banning customers from dining in restaurants and food shops, claiming that this will further damage the business and force more redundancies.

The association’s president, Thaneewan Kulmonkol, said today (Saturday) that they are sending an open letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, urging him to reconsider the ban, which she claims could cause about 100 billion baht in damage to the restaurant sector and related businesses, such as farming.

The measure calls for takeaway services only by restaurants and food shops.

In the letter, the association say that many employees, who were laid off last year when the same measure w

PM urges Thai people not to panic in wake of new wave of COVID-19 infections

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today called on the Thai people not to be panic over what he described as a new wave of COVID-19 infections and to keep themselves informed with updates from the CCSA and state agencies about the virus situation.

In his Facebook post today, the prime minister urged people not to lower their guard and to wear face masks at all times while outdoors, to maintain social distancing, wash their handsfrequently and, importantly, scan the Thai Chana application every time they enter and exit a public venue.

Stressing the need to contain the latest outbreak as quickly as possible, the prime minister said that Thailand has experience in coping with the pandemic, has a strong public health infrastructure and good cooperation

PM presides over the launch of the Bangkok’s first electric boat service

Bangkok’s canal commuters will be treated to six-months of free rides on the city’s new electric boat service along Khlong Padung Krung Kasem. The service was officially launched today by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

The launch ceremony, which took place this morning at the Hua Lamphong pier, was presided over by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The prime minister, several cabinet ministers and city officials took a ride the boats after the opening ceremony.

Seven electric boats, each equipped with 12 solar panels, with reserve energy stored in batteries, will be put into service on Khlong Padung Krung Kasem. Each boat has 30 seats, including one for a wheel chair. The maximum speed ranges between 10and 15km per hour.

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PM says special law not needed to deal with protests, just strict law enforcement

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that there is no need for a special law, to deal with the ongoing protests, which, he admitted, have impacted the country’s stability and foreign investor confidence in the country.

He noted, however, that there is a need to enforce laws strictly, in the wake of escalating violence associated with the protests.

The prime minister held a closed door meeting today, with the national police chief and other senior police officers, to discuss measures to ensure safety and fairness for all protest groups, as anti-establishment Khana Ratsadon plans to stage a mass rally at Ratchaprasong intersection this evening.

Regarding the protesters’ repeated demands for his resignation, the prime mini

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