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Bars and entertainment venues in Bangkok will be closed for 14 days

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Time Out Bangkok editors

Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced today (17 March) that bars, night clubs, entertainment venues, cinemas and massage parlors in Bangkok and its periphery must temporarily close from 18-31 March. All concerts, fairs, parties and religious events must also be cancelled, while boxing rings and stadiums must remain close until further notice. 

The cabinet met earlier today and agreed to close the venues that "encourage mass gathering" as a response to the increasing number of covid-19 infection in Thailand. Schools and universities will also be close for 14 days. 

The prime minister emphasized this is not a complete lockdown. Restaurants, shopping malls and markets can remain open but must exercise strict precautionary measures.

Songkran holiday from 13-15 April is to be postponed indefinitely to stop large-scale migration of the population inside and outside of the country.

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