By THE NATION
Governor Suwaphong Kitiphatphibun ordered residents to stay in their homes between the hours of 10pm and 4am, with the exception of medical personnel and authorised persons. Also, no one has been allowed to visit or leave the province at the curfew period.
The province has also closed its doors to all foreign visitors, except diplomats and those given exemption on the prime minister’s orders. People travelling to Mae Hong Son from Bangkok and other provinces must register with village chiefs or local volunteer officials on arrival and then undergo 14 days of quarantine.
In addition, hotel and accommodation operators have been ordered to draw up lists of their guests and screen them for Covid-19. Operators have also been told to inform disease control officials of any foreign guests they are hosting.
The new restrictions appear to have been welcomed and accepted by locals as a necessary measure to curb the outbreak of deadly Covid-19 in Mae Hong Son.