The Cabinet, during its meeting on 30th June 2020, approved the extension of the period of the enforcement of the Declaration of an Emergency Situation for one more month, from 1st to 31st July 2020.
The decision was made following a proposal by the Office of the National Security Council, which serves as the coordinating office of the Center for COVID 19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
The Cabinet was told that CCSA held a meeting on 25th June to consider guidelines for containing the spread of COVID 19. The meeting agreed to propose to the Cabinet the extension of the emergency situation declaration.
As the global COVID 19 situation remains serious in many parts of the world, the extension is needed to enable officials to effectively contain the spread of the virus.
The enforcement of the emergency declaration will empower officials to order the quarantine of people and implement other measures, such as controlling travel in and out of the country and tracking suspected people.
Moreover, the Government has announced the fifth phase of easing restrictions on high-risk businesses and leisure activities, such as the reopening of pubs and bars, beginning on 1st July. Therefore, the extension of the period of the emergency situation declaration is necessary to prevent the risk of a second wave of the COVID 19 outbreak.
The COVID 19 situation in Thailand has improved; as of 30th June 2020, the country has gone 36 days without any local transmissions. The total number of infections in Thailand, as reported on 30th June, was 3,171. The number of deaths remained unchanged at 58.
The Government has also announced the fifth phase of easing restrictions on high-risk businesses and leisure activities, such as the reopening of pubs and bars, beginning on 1st July. The following businesses and activities are under the fifth phase of easing restrictions.