Curfew, red zones may ease

The government may consider easing more restrictions on businesses and activities, including reducing the number of dark-red zone provinces and shortening the curfew by two hours from Saturday.

Curfew, red zones may ease
People take photos in front of Siam Paragon shopping centre in Bangkok's Pathumwan district of Bangkok on Tuesday. Officials plan to allow shopping centres and other venues to organise events with at least 50 participants on Saturday. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)

The government may consider easing more restrictions on businesses and activities, including reducing the number of dark-red zone provinces and shortening the curfew by two hours from Saturday.

Sources at Government House said the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will consider easing restrictions , for example reducing the number of maximum and strict control zones to 24, "red" or maximum control zones to 29, and "orange" control zones to 24.

The centre will also propose shortening curfew hours from 10pm-4am to 11pm-3am as of this Saturday until the end of the month.

The CCSA meeting will be asked to consider allowing foreign visitors from 10 countries with low infection numbers to enter Thailand without the need for quarantine, the sources said.

The centre will also discuss the preparations under way ahead of the country's reopening on Nov 1, and the resumption of entertainment venue operations on Dec 1.

Asked whether countdown events would be permitted on New Year's Eve, the government said some are already planned for Phuket, while other provinces can submit their plans.