Last Monday, the CCSA altered its color-coded zoning to designate 14 provinces as “green zones,” reopening nightlife on June 1. In blue zones, the same may be stated for 17 “tourist” provinces. However, nightlife operators in these provinces must continue to follow the Public Health Ministry’s sickness prevention standards. The Thai government is asking nightlife operators to keep safe and implement Covid-19 prevention measures when they reopen next month. Bars, nightclubs, karaoke lounges, massage parlors, and other entertainment venues will be impacted, but will be forced to close by midnight. Promotions for alcoholic beverages and other forms of marketing are prohibited. The warning follows a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday, at which it was agreed that nightlife in some parts of the country might return. At its meeting last Friday, the CCSA also decided to cancel the Thailand Pass for returning Thai citizens, but it will remain in effect for international arrivals.

For the time being, nightlife venues outside of the 31 green and blue provinces must remain closed. According to CCSA spokesperson Apisamai Srirangson, officials are aware that certain entertainment businesses have already reopened without a license. According to her, these enterprises will be issued a warning, but if Covid-19 infections are discovered on their premises, they will be closed for 3 to 5 days. Yesterday, Thailand reported 4,924 new illnesses and 37 new fatalities linked to Covid.According to Apisamai, the “yellow zone” still has 46 provinces with significant Covid-19 infection rates. Sakon Nakhon, Khon Kaen, and Roi Et provinces in the north-east, as well as Samut Sakhon province in the center, are among them.

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