The government is allowing the resumption of limited dine-in services in restaurants in four dark red zone provinces, including Bangkok.
The relaxation order, signed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, was published in the Royal Gazette last night. The order takes effect on Monday, 17th May 2021.
Chiang Mai and Chonburi were lifted from their designation as maximum and strict-control zones, known as dark red zones. Chiang Mai is now an orange zone and Chon Buri is considered a red zone.
The four remaining dark red zones are Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan.
Despite their dark red zone designation, these four provinces can now allow restaurants to resume sit-in services until 9pm, while takeaway orders can still be made until 11pm.
However, the restaurants are only allowed to operate at 25% capacity. Serving alcohol in these areas is still prohibited.
Also, schools and other educational institutions in the dark red zones are still prohibited from hosting in-person classes and activities in their buildings.
Currently, there are 17 provinces considered maximum-control zones, or red zones, where dine-in services are permitted until 11pm, but the sale of alcohol is still prohibited.
Here, schools can use their buildings to hold activities involving large crowds, depending on regulations set by the respective provincial communicable disease committee.
There are currently 56 provinces designated as control zones, or orange zones. Restaurants here are allowed to operate their usual operating hours but the sale of alcohol is still banned.
In orange zones, lessons and other activities involving groups can resume without restrictions.
Also, the government has raised concerns about overcrowded migrant worker camps in Bangkok.
Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, said there are about 300 worker camps with about 60,000 construction workers, half of whom are migrants, living there.
He said the government will screen the workers for COVID-19.