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FRIDAY, December 01, 2023

Prevention measures for New Year celebrations

Prevention measures for New Year celebrations
FRIDAY, December 24, 2021

Bangkok governor Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang has ordered the cancellation of state-sponsored countdown events, though private events can proceed in line with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)’s prevention measures.

Here’s a summary of the prevention measures to be employed for New Year celebrations:


  • Restaurants can operate normally, while relevant agencies will consider additional measures or hours of operation based on the situation.
  • Booze can be served until 1am on New Year’s Day in open-air restaurants. 
  • All eateries must follow Covid Free Setting regulations.

New Year parties with 1,000 or more guests

Measures for organisers, staff and performers

  • All must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19
  • They must produce negative antigen results taken no more than 72 hours before the event.
  • They must evaluate their condition based on the Thai Save Thai platform or other similar platforms.
  • Observe UP-DMHTA measure (universal prevention – distancing, mask-wearing, regular hand-washing, temperature checks and testing, and using the Thai Chana and Thai Save Thai applications).

Measures for attendees

  • Register and present vaccination certificates.
  • Those not vaccinated must present antigen test results within 72 hours except for children under 12.
  • They must evaluate their condition via the Thai Save Thai or other platforms.
  • Must follow the UP-DMHTA measures.

Measures for venues

  • Events must be held in open spaces with entry regulations in place.
  • Overcrowding must be avoided through the use of an advance booking or registration system.
  • Attendees must be limited to one person per 4 square metres with a sign displaying the number of guests present.
  • No more than five people can be seated together and other groups must be seated at least one metre away.
  • Activities bringing people close together, such as slow dancing, is prohibited.
  • Areas, surfaces and contact points should be cleaned every hour or two.
  • The audience should be kept at least 5 metres from the stage and performers should maintain a distance of 1 metre from each other.

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Other prevention measures

Public Transportation

  • All stations, terminals or piers should maintain distancing measures, be well-ventilated and cleaned frequently.
  • All vehicles must be cleaned immediately after each trip. Airconditioned vehicles should be ventilated every two hours, during stops and after each trip.
  • Passengers are required to wear a mask at all times and prohibited from eating.

Petrol Stations

  • Contact points, especially toilets and rest areas, must be cleaned regularly.
  • Follow Covid Free Setting measures.


  • All restaurants must be well-ventilated and the number of diners controlled.
  • Promotion of alcoholic beverages and activities requiring close contact are banned.
  • All contact points, especially toilets, must be cleaned regularly.

Malls or community malls

  • Overcrowding must be avoided and people must maintain a distance of at least 1 metre, especially in food courts, restaurants, exhibition zones, activity areas, theatres etc.
  • Contact points, especially toilets and rest areas, must be cleaned regularly.
  • Covid Free Setting measures must be observed.

Tourist attractions

  • Crowds must be controlled and distance between each person maintained.
  • Covid Free Setting measures must be observed.

Family gatherings or parties at home

  • All guests and family members should be vaccinated or tested with an antigen test kit.
  • Everybody should wear masks, especially the elderly.
  • Gatherings should be held in open spaces or well-ventilated areas, no crowding should be allowed, close contact should be avoided and utensils should not be shared.
  • The elderly who have not been vaccinated should avoid parties or come in close contact with others.