The Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced on 24 March an emergency decree with full effect starting tomorrow on 26 March 2020. The Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation, B.E. 2548 has 19 sections that layout important rules for the people to follow during the controlled times. The sections also grant the PM to have full authority in implementing policies in the nation.
Narumon Pinyosinwat the government spokeswoman stated that the emergency decree is expected to last for about a month. The PM revealed that he will be working closely with a team of specialists formed as a committee with meetings set up daily. There will be new requirements to help control the spread of Covid-19 in Thailand.
The country will enter into Level 1 which is general emergency situations, according to Section 9. The translation below is a simple and summarized version of the regulations and is not in any way an official translation or report. Some of the safety regulations include,
- Citizens are not allowed to leave their homes in a specific time frame, which has not yet been confirmed.
- No group gatherings allowed across the nation.
- News and information that cause fear to the people including fake news is banned.
- Power to prohibit the use of specific roads and transportation options in Thailand.
- Power to prohibit the use or evacuate people of specific buildings, places, and areas.
If the situation develops into Severe, this can be from acts in the nation such as the use of force and threat to national security then the PM may declare a state of extreme emergency to which he may also put implement other stronger policies such as prohibiting traveling outside of the nations, access to telecommunication systems, summon individuals for information, detain suspects for a certain period of time, and more. A violation of the emergency decree comes with up to 2 years imprisonment, up to 40,000 THB fine, or both.
FB Caption: Narumon Pinyosinwat the government spokeswoman stated that the emergency decree is expected to last for about a month.