Thai Prime Minister worries 2nd wave spread at entertainment venues after easing

Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha.

At the Inner Santi Maitri Building, Government House, following the weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha disclosed that he is scheduled to attend the 36th ASEAN Summit and other related summits, hosted by Socialist Republic of Vietnam, via a video conference on June 26, 2020.

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He also emphasized the importance for Thai people to keep guards up against COVID-19 even though Thailand enjoys 29 consecutive free days from new COVID-19 infection. The Government understands the plight of employers and employees in all sectors, but certain businesses, especially entertainment places, are considered high risk, and additional measures other than those of the Government’s, have to be decided and implemented to prevent the 2nd wave of disease spread. The lockdown has now been eased for domestic tourism, but entry of foreign tourists will have to be carefully deliberated.

The Prime Minister also called on both public, private, and business sectors to continue with the work from home measure in a bid to prevent spread of COVID-19, and alleviate morning traffic congestion, particularly when school term starts.

He disclosed that extension of the Emergency Decree will be impartially decided by Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration with no political agenda involved. The Government would also consider relaxing lockdown of additional businesses/activities to further mitigate people’s plights. The Prime Minister is also planning to take field visits to other provinces to follow up on various Government’s implementation progress once the COVID-19 situation eases.