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Emergency decree extended into 2021, 10-day quarantine on ice

Emergency decree extended into 2021, 10-day quarantine on ice

BANGKOK: The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the extension of the emergency decree for 45 days, covering the New Year’s holiday and an international badminton tournament.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 18 November 2020, 06:49PM

However, the CCSA, chaired by Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, did not approve the reduction of the 14-day quarantine period to 10 days. 

While state news agency NNT reported that the CCSA approved the reduction “in principle”, the mandatory 14-day quarantine remains in effect.

After the CCSA meeting today, CCSA Spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin announced that “the meeting” had agreed to extend the emergency decree for another 45 days, from Dec 1 to Jan 15, to facilitate the work of disease-control officials. 

Thirty more days have been added, so as to cover the New Year’s holiday and the HSBC BWF World Tour, which will take place in Thailand from January 12-31 next year, he said.

Dr Taweesin said the meeting approved “in principle” a reduction in the quarantine period, so that returnees and tourists are subject to a 10-day area quarantine. 

However, until further notice They will be closely monitored for another four days. 

Oddly, while announcing that the mandatory quarantine will remain at 14 days, Dr Taweesin explained to the press that reducing the quarantine period was well supported by studies conducted abroad.

“Although the level of risk is not significantly different, it [reducing the quarantine period] has been approved by foreign studies,” he said.

“To ensure public safety, the CCSA and the Ministry of Public Health will revise the details before the issue is proposed again,” Dr Taweesin noted.

Of note, the CCSA’s decision today to not yet reduce the mandatory quarantine period came while the Public Relations Department of Thailand itself was promoting articles arguing in favour of reducing the quarantine period (see images in gallery above).

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Mac | 19 November 2020 - 19:04:19

Tourist will now go to other destinations. Not Thailand this time 

Mac | 19 November 2020 - 18:30:46

This was window dressing. Get people back to work open up.
30 years we have been coming but not now too much paperwork asq 14 days forget it 

Little Tommy Tucker | 19 November 2020 - 13:55:17

There might not be many places left open come next year. Only places left open will be high end resorts, populated by rich people who can afford the vaccine, if and when one bcomes available. Once the rich have no fear thnigs will open up again, as poor people dying don't matter.

Kurt | 19 November 2020 - 10:42:09

So, bringing the 15 Ambassadors+ families, and some Consul-Generals 3 days to Phuket was just a waist of time and money. These diplomats can only report to home lands:--> "Thailand remains closed by the time after time extended decree. It is not possible to forecast when Thailand lift the decree". And Phuket remains in 'rest'. Cooking classes only for thai tourists.

Kurt | 19 November 2020 - 09:47:46

So, Phuket remains 'empty' till at least 15 January. Future tourist will wait and see first or the decree will be extended after 15 January, before making any plans for future travel/booking for ,perhaps (?), March or later next year.


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