Orders have been issued by the Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan, likely to be followed by the Governor of Phetchaburi Province, to close various ‘at risk’ businesses as efforts to contain Covid-19 outbreaks across the country have been ramped up to avoid a nationwide shut down.
The Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan signed an order on 30th December to close service facilities and close establishments that resemble pubs, bars and karaoke establishments in all districts throughout the province from December 31st until January 6th 2021, in order to prevent the spreading of Covid-19. Violators will be fined 100,000 baht and/or imprisonment of 1 year. There is no reference to restaurants in the Order.
The Phetchaburi Governor has agreed to enforce similar restrictions after attending a meeting of the provincial Committee on Communicable Diseases on 30th December.
Although an official notice has not been received at the time of publication; it has been reported by the Phetchaburi Province Public Relations Department that entertainment venues such as gambling venues, cattle fighting grounds, cockfighting grounds other similar venues will be closed from 31st December.
Also closed will be internet cafes, karaoke, movie theatres, pubs, bars, spas, and massage parlors except for traditional Thai massage licensed by the Ministry of Public Health. Other restricted activities include concerts, music and dance performances, beauty parlors, tattooing/body piercing, water parks, amusement parks and other similar venues.
Similarly to the Prachuap Khiri Khan order, no mention has been made of restaurants.
The Phetchaburi restrictions, yet to be confirmed in an official order, are expected to apply from 6:00 pm on 31 December 2020 until 6:00 pm on 30 January 2021.