Chiang Mai, Chonburi set to exit red zone

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has proposed removing Chonburi and Chiang Mai from the red zone, or maximum control area, due to an improvement in the Covid-19 situation there, CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin said.

“If this proposal is approved by the prime minister, there would only be four provinces designated as red zone, namely Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan, ” he said yesterday.

“This could come into effect the earliest at midnight on Saturday or the latest on Sunday.”

Based on the latest infection report, Chonburi, with 33 new cases yesterday, will be moved to the orange zone, or medium control area, joining 16 other provinces, namely Kanchanaburi, Chachoengsao, Tak, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Ayutthaya, Phetchaburi, Yala, Ranong, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Samut Sakhon, Songkhla and Surat Thani.

Meanwhile, Chiang Mai, which reported only 10 new cases yesterday, will be moved to yellow zone, or low control area, joining 55 provinces.

Taweesilp said the CCSA is considering easing restrictions on provinces under strict control as follows:

> Restaurants: Red zone – A limited number of people (25% of total seats) will be allowed to dine in until 9pm and takeaways will allowed until 11pm.

Orange zone – People can dine in until 11pm.

Yellow zone – Open as usual.

Sale of alcoholic beverages is still not allowed.

> Schools and tutoring centres: Orange zone – Students allowed to attend class provided the school has received approval from relevant provincial public health offices.

Yellow zone – Classes can be held as normal, but schools must comply with measures to curb Covid-19.

> Public assembly: Red zone – Public assembly of less than 20 people is allowed.

Orange and yellow zones – Public assembly of less than 50 people is allowed. — The Nation/ANN

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