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Food, department, and convenience stores are those that may reopen, but not schools, fitness centres, or theatres. Meetings and events are subjected to limited heads.

On 14 June (Monday), following a meeting of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Communicable Disease Committee, Bangkok Governor Police General Aswin Kwanmuang issued an announcement allowing some activities and venues in the state to reopen, while keeping others closed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

These activities and venues may reopen, effective 14 to 30 June 2021, but with strict preventive measures against the disease set by the Government:

(1) Food shops may serve food and beverages until 9pm, and may provide takeaway until 11pm;

(1.1) Consumption of liquor and alcoholic beverages in these venues is prohibited

(1.2) The number of customers is limited to just 25% seating capacity, with screening and physical distancing measures;

(2) Department stores, shopping centres, community malls, and similar places may stay open until 9pm, with a limited number of visitors;

(3) Convenience stores, supermarkets, night markets, and walking streets may open as usual but no later than 11pm;

(3.1) Stores or venues that are opened for 24-hour services may reopen at 4am;

(4) Sports venues or places for open-air exercise may open until 9pm, and competitions may be organised without spectators;

(5) Museums and historical sites with strict social measures;

(6) Tattoo and nail salons;

(7) Beauty clinics;

(8) Health and wellness establishments (only foot massage is allowed);

(9) Public parks and botanical gardens, with no recreational activities, except for walking and running.

The following will remain closed:

(1) Buildings and premises of schools, tutorial schools, and all educational institutions;

(2) Entertainment venues, any establishments providing services similar to entertainment venues, amusement places, pubs, bars, and karaoke outlets;

(3) Fitness centres;

(4) Exhibition halls, trade exhibition centres, and convention centres;

(5) Learning centres, science centres for education, science parks, science and cultural centres, and galleries;

(6) Public event grounds;

(7) Meeting and event venues;

(8) Theatres;

(9) Public libraries;

(10) Day-care and elderly centres

For the full list, visit here.

The announcement also highlighted that the following activities are allowed with not more than 20 participants:

  • Meetings;
  • Seminars;
  • Parties;
  • Camping;
  • Film shooting;
  • Television programs;
  • Religious activities; and
  • Gatherings

If the number of participants is expected to exceed 20 but not be more than 1,000, the organisers must seek permission by submitting a working plan and disease control measures to the district office responsible for the area before the activities are organized.

Otherwise, if the number of participants exceeds 1,000, the organisers must seek permission by submitting a working plan and disease control measures to the BMA Health Department.

An exception is given for activities that are carried out by government agencies or are conducted in the venues designated as quarantine facilities.

Any persons who violate or fail to comply with this announcement may be guilty of an offence, and shall be liable to imprisonment, a fine, or both, per the statement issued.

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