Thailand – Beginning today all entertainment venues have been ordered to shut down for the next two weeks. The mandate effects 41 provinces, including Bangkok. The latest closure comes as new Covid-19 cases spawned by the Thonglor cluster, is rapidly spreading across the nation.
Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin made the announcement during a press conference on Thursday. While Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha signed the order today.
The closure affects all bars, pubs, clubs, and karaoke establishments in the following provinces:
Thailand health and security officials agreed that a total lockdown was not necessary and a targeted approach was the best option. The major concern was the potential spread of the UK variant of the virus, with cases detected in Thailand for the first time.
The news comes ahead of the long Songkran holiday next week, when millions of people will hit the roads for long vacations.