Bangkok to Ease Lockdowns Soon

The Thailand Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced earlier today the lifting of most COVID-19 restrictions on dining, retail, and inter-provincial transport starting next month.

Taskforce spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan said easing restrictions and safety measures were necessary to revive the economy safely.

The task force said shopping malls, salons, barbershops, food massages, and sports fields in high-risk areas including Bangkok would be allowed to resume operations from September 1.

However, the authorities emphasized that business operators must ensure staff are fully vaccinated and regularly tested with antigen kits, and require customers to show proof of vaccination and negative test results.

“Our goal is to gradually adapt ourselves to the new public health measures as we learn to better co-exist with COVID-19 instead of entirely focusing on eliminating the virus completely,” Srirangsan said.

Srirangsan added that the paradigm shift is the rationale behind the newly adjusted public health measures.

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