Chiang Mai can reopen weekend markets and walking streets from today, 20th January, now that no new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the province for a week.
On Monday, Governor Charoenrit Sanguansat announced that the provincial communicable disease committee has agreed to relax shutdown measures on weekend markets and walking streets, which have been closed since 6th January.
“Organisers, vendors and customers will still have to follow the measures put in place by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration to curb the spread of COVID-19,” the governor said.
The number of accumulated confirmed cases in the province stands at 69, 23 of which came from the new COVID-19 wake that began in December.
It was also announced that restaurants can sell alcohol on their premises from today but only until 10 pm.
On Thursday, the communicable disease committee is scheduled to consider a proposal from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to ease lockdown restrictions on certain business and recreational activities.
Deputy Bangkok Governor Pol Lt-Gen Sophon Pisutthiwong, in his capacity as director of the CCSA in Bangkok, said that they resolved on Tuesday that the restrictions, imposed on business and recreational activities since the middle of December, should now be eased and the resolution will be submitted to the communicable disease committee for finalization.
On 16th January the Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province has signed an Order which allows the immediate opening of spas, Thai massage and beauty salons with a reminder that they must comply with the conditions set by the government to safeguard against Covid-19 infections.
The change occurred soon after the business operators staged a protest about their forced closure and presentation of a letter to the Hua Hin Mayor and provincial Governor in a plea to reopen. The opening of these businesses applies immediately.
Restrictions remain unchanged for both Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi restaurants which cannot serve diners with alcohol to consume with their meals or to remain open after nine in the evening. At least two restaurants in Phetchaburi are facing charges for allegedly violating these orders.