Option of the lifting of certain restrictions considered


The authorities are mulling the option of relaxing some restrictions for certain businesses, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Monday (April 27). 

Relaxing the measures will be divided into four levels, 25 percent in accordance with the 100 percent, with the situation reviewed every 14 days. For instance, if 100 percent of the restrictions are lifted in an area and new confirmed cases are found within 14 days, limitations that will return. 

Also, even if the restrictions are completely lifted, four measures will still be in place: control on international arrivals; 10pm to 4am curfew; ban or restricted interprovincial travel; and prohibition on social gatherings. 

The Ministry of Public Health, meanwhile, has three scripts: 

  1. Best: Where strict control over transportation is applied and new infections maintained at between 15 and 30 daily (current stage);
  2. Controlled: Low-risk businesses are allowed to reopen and some international travel allowed, resulting in 40 to 70 new infections daily (bringing the total confirmed cases to around 4,661 in June which is acceptable);
  3. Outbreak: No measures for domestic and international travel resulted in uncontrolled transmissions with 500 to 2,000 new cases detected daily (because the total number of confirmed cases to about 45,596 by June or July).

Separately, the private sector has proposed evaluating and divided business into four levels depending on the risk: white, green, yellow and red. They also proposed that 50 percent of staff should be allowed to return to their jobs while the rest should continue working from home.