The CCSA General Meeting on 29 April 2021, chaired by the Prime Minister, approved the tighter and stricter disease control measures in order to curb and contain the spread of COVID-19 as follows:
1. Due to the increase in new confirmed cases in various provinces, especially in Bangkok and its vicinity, the CCSA has approved the new COVID-19 zoning areas in Thailand. Six provinces, namely, Bangkok, Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakarn were categorized to Maximum and Strict Controlled Area (dark red zone), 45 provinces were specified as Maximum Controlled Area (red zone) and the other 26 provinces are Controlled Area (orange zone).
2. Different types of areas have new restrictions to contain COVID-19. For example, restaurants in dark red zone (6 provinces) will not be able to receive dine-in customers but will be able to receive takeaway orders until 9 pm. Markets and convenience stores will be allowed to open from 4 am to 11 am and shopping centers will be allowed to open until 9 pm.
In the maximum controlled area or the red zone, restaurants will be able to receive dine – in customers but will be closed at 9 pm and receive takeaway orders until 11pm. In the controlled area or orange zone, restaurants will be able to receive customers until 11 pm.
3. There are disease control measures that are nationwide and mandatory, including the prohibition of gathering of more than 20 people and mask-wearing is compulsory, the prohibition of the consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants and closing of pubs, bars and karaoke venues. New restrictions will be effective from 1 May 2021 at 00.00 hrs. Details of the new zoning areas and disease control measures can be found in the social media of CCSA and PRD.
4. The CCSA has approved the extension of quarantine period for all international travelers, regardless of their nationality or vaccination status, in order to reduce the risk of local transmission of new COVID-19 variants in Thailand.
All arrivals who hold Certificates of Entry (COE) issued on or later than 1 May 2021 will be required to undergo quarantine for the period of 14 days. Travelers who have obtained their COE prior to 1 May 2021 and arrive in Thailand before 6 May will be quarantined for 7 or 10 days, depending on their vaccination status.
5. The CCSA has officially approved the plan to inoculate 70% of all people residing in Thailand with approximately 100 million doses before the end of this year. Currently, the government has secured 63 million doses of the vaccine and is now in the process of negotiating with various vaccine manufacturers to acquire an additional 37 million doses.