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Checkpoints, curfew to be strictly enforced for 28 days

May 03. 2020
Chief of Defence Forces General Pornpipat Benyasri
Chief of Defence Forces General Pornpipat Benyasri
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By The Nation

Stringent enforcement of Covid-19 checkpoints and night curfew will continue for the next 28 days, the chief of the Defence Forces said.

With Thailand starting to ease some lockdown restrictions from Sunday (May 3) after confirmed new cases fell to single digits for a week, authorities reminded people to not let their guard down.

Chief of Defence Forces General Pornpipat Benyasri on Sunday (May 3) expressed his disapproval of the large number of people rushing to travel to other provinces on Friday and the long weekend.

About 3,000 moved out of Phuket after being locked down for a month, as they had lost their jobs because of the shutdown of tourism-related businesses.

People should avoid interprovincial travel unless it is essential, he said.

People are still urged to stay at home and businesses should also allow employees to work from home, he said.

“Businesses which reopen operations must comply with social distancing by limiting the number of customers and requiring everyone to wear face masks. If businesses fail to follow the preventions, they could be asked to shutdown again,” he warned.

The military will support police in enforcing surveillance at checkpoints and curfew compliance.

Although Covid-19 checkpoints nationwide had been reduced to 312 and curfew checkpoints reduced to 690, officers will continue to enforce the rules strictly for the next 28 days in order to prevent the virus from spreading, he said.

Those who travel have to experience inconvenience and have to comply with the quarantine requirements specified by each province, he said.

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