Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced on Friday that the shutdown order in the capital has been extended to May 17.
The extension was rubberstamped by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Communicable Disease Committee, which deemed it appropriate to continue the temporary closure of certain businesses and activities to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Bangkok is categorized as an area in the “maximum and strict COVID-19 control zone,” where stringent measures need to be enforced in order to promptly suppress the spread of the virus.
Any persons who violate or fail to comply with this announcement may be guilty of an offence under Section 52 of the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558 (2015) and shall be liable to imprisonment for up to one year or a fine of up to 100,000 baht, or both. Moreover, they may be guilty of an offence under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005) and shall be liable to imprisonment for up to two years or a fine of up to 40,000 baht, or both.
The venues that have been ordered to close temporarily were specified in BMA Announcement No. 25 dated 25 April 2021 and BMA Announcement No. 26 dated 30 April 2021.
The following businesses, venues and activities must remain closed during this time:
– All education establishments
– Entertainment venues
– Massage parlours
– Bull-fighting and cock fighting
– Water parks and amusement parks
– Skating or rollerblading rinks or other similar
– Snooker halls
– Bowling alleys and arcades
– Gaming and Internet shops
– Public swimming pools
– Fitness centres
– Elderly care centres
– Boxing stadiums and boxing schools
– Martial arts schools (gyms)
– Tattoo and piercing parlours
– Ballroom dance halls or academies
– Horse racing tracks
– Amulet trading markets and centres
– Weight-control services, cosmetics clinics, and medical clinics that offer aesthetic treatments
– Health and wellness establishments (health spas, massage shops, and beauty treatment shops)
– Traditional Thai massage and foot massage fie parlours
– Public event grounds
– Meeting and event venues
– Sporting activities and competitions at all sports venues
– Public parks and sports grounds
– Customers at hair salons and barbershops must wait outside
– Department stores, shopping centres, and community malls may open between 11.00 and 20.00 hr; promotional events are prohibited
– Eateries can stay open until 9pm but no dine-in services. Take-away or delivery only.
– Convenience stores and supermarkets can stay open from 4am until 11pm.
– No gatherings with more than 20 persons is permitted.
Note, mask masks are still mandatory while in public with fines of up to 20,000 baht for violators.
Chemical Engineer Caught Running ‘E’ And Meth Lab In Nonthaburi
A chemical engineer who turned to producing Ecstacy pills and crystal meth at his condo in Nonthaburi was arrested this morning by officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
The Saturday morning raid on a building in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi was led by Police General Manu Makemok, Deputy Commissioner General, Royal Thai Police and Police Lieutenant General Montree Yimyaem, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
Inside the apartment, the prime suspect, 42-year-old suspect Patiwet “Heisenberg” Suwankiri was apprehended.
Drug production equipment and chemical precursors were seized along with 20,000 Ecstacy tablets and 50 grams of crystal meth.
Police General Manu said that the Narcotics Suppression Bureau got a tip that there was a group of pill producers who sold E tablets to entertainment venues in Bangkok.
A surveillance operation was set up and pinpointed Prayoon Thapinna as the dealer. He was taken in for questioning and soon after he folded like a deckchair telling cops who “Heisenberg” was.
During questioning “Heisenberg” was evasive saying he sold the drugs to tourists and that he imported the chemical precursors from online dealers.
Police dismissed both explanations as tourism in Thailand is virtually non-existent due to Covid-19 and the chemicals and tools needed to produce the E and meth have been on a banned list for many years.
He did admit to producing the drugs in his apartment saying he used the knowledge from when he studied chemical engineering
Investigators are working to find more people involved in the operation as the set-up was capable of producing around 3,000 tablets per day.
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CCSA Overturn BMA Order To Reopen Parks, Other Businesses
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has overturned the plan by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to allow five types of businesses and venues, including public parks and beauty salons, to open June 1.
Following the BMA Communicable Disease Committee meeting on Monday it was announceed that restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, public parks, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours would be lifted.
The news was welcomed by many with business owners getting to work in preperation for the sudden rreopening.
Then came the infamous flip-flop by the government when it was reported the CCSA had put the plan on hold for at least a further 14 days.
No reason was given for the sudden change.
Public Parks In Bangkok Reopening Jun 1
This order was later overturned by the CCSA and the plan has been put on hold for at least a further 14 days.
Following a meeting of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Communicable Disease Committee today, it has been announced that public parks in the capital can reopen from June 1.
The committee, chaired by Governor Aswin, also lifted restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours.
Other establishments currently shuttered are to remain closed until at least June 14, 2021.
The news comes despite the capital reporting over 1,300 Covid-cases on Monday, however, the current crop of clusters are in migrant worker camps and wet markets.
While most welcomed the news that parks will reopen allowing outdoor exercise again, dozens in the expat community continued to grumble that gyms and fitness centres will remain closed.