[This headline has been updated to clarify that foreigners with work permits can still enter the country.]
Following General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s television appearance, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krua-ngam gave a press conference to announce stricter measures that will be in effect as of midnight.
“There is no curfew yet,” said Wissanu. “We can’t order a curfew immediately, but it may be soon.”
The Deputy Prime Minister also warned against the publishing of fake news and news that would cause panic.
Furthermore, foreigners (except those with work permits) are banned from entering the country, by sea, air or land, except for diplomatic missions. Foreign pilots and staff of passenger flights or any other transports shall leave the kingdom immediately after arrival.
There is to be no public gathering, unless proper medical measures are taken. Provincial governors may close down entertainment and sporting venues as deemed fit. Persons over the age of 70, under the age of five and those with illness are encouraged to stay at home unless there are urgent matters
While there is no travel ban between the provinces, strict measures will be taken.
For public buses, police checkpoints may administer testing on anyone found not wearing a mask. A form must be filled out for further tracking. Inside of a bus, passengers must stand or sit one meter apart.
This does not affect other modes of traveling.
The emergency decree covers March 26 to April 30.
[Correction: we originally published that date of the decree was March 16. It is to be in place from March 26 to April 30]