Announcement on the Closure of More Venues in Bangkok to Contain COVID-19

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) issued an announcement on 1 April 2020, ordering convenience stores in Bangkok to be closed from 00.00 to 05.00 hr.

Take-away food shops and food stalls will be allowed to open from 05.01 to 24.00 hr. All public parks, operated by both the public and private sectors, will be closed.

The announcement, signed by Bangkok Governor Police General Aswin Kwanmuang, is in effect from 2 April to 30 April 2020. The objective is to contain the spread of COVID-19, which has become more serious.

Violators will be subject to a jail term of up to one year, or a fine of up to 100,000 baht, or both. They may also be found guilty of Section 18 of the 2005 Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations, with a jail term of up to two years, or a fine of up to 40,000 baht, or both.

Meanwhile, BMA will exempt rental fees for vending stalls in 10 markets under its supervision, from March 2020 until the situation returns to normalcy.

As for the Chatuchak Weekend Market, it will send a letter to the State Railway of Thailand, asking for the exemption of rental fees for traders for a six-month period, from March to November 2020.

The Ministry of Public Health on 1 April 2020 reported 120 new COVID-19 cases in Thailand, raising the number of confirmed cases to 1,771. Out of this number, 12 have died.

Thailand Public Relations Department
01 April 2020