Thailand approved the 2nd phase for easing restrictions, starting from 17 May, 2020

The  Thai Government has approved the second phase for easing restrictions, starting from 17 May 2020.

Published in the Thai Government Gazette on 15 May 2020, the directives include:

The reduction of the night-time curfew from currently 22.00-04.00 Hrs. to 23.00-04.00 Hrs.

The relaxation for the utilization of educational institutes to help orphans and needy children, but strictly no classes, exams, or training.

The relaxation for more businesses and activities to re-open.

For economic and daily life activities: The sales of food and drinks are allowed to resume in restaurants, food courts, cafeterias and eateries, excluding pubs and bars and drinking of alcohol.

Shopping malls, department stores, and community malls can resume operations until 20.00 Hrs. for consumer and service sections, including restaurants and beverage shops (but no drinking of alcohol), beauty salon, hairdressers, and manicure/pedicure shops. Sections that are to remain closed are cinemas, bowling alleys, game arcades, skating rinks, karaoke bars, amusement parks, water parks, zoos, snooker and billiard halls, game shops, fitness centers, health shops, Thai traditional massage, foot massage, tutorial schools, amulet trading shops and convention/meeting facilities. Tournaments, sale promotions and any activities that draw large crowds are also not allowed.

Also allowed to resume operations are retail and wholesale shops, nurseries and elderly care centers (overnight only), TV and movie productions of not more than 50 people at a time – no spectators, limited meeting services at meeting rooms in hotels or convention centers.

For health, fitness or leisure activities: Beauty clinics, cosmetic clinics and manicure shops, both inside and outside shopping malls, department stress or community malls, can resume operations for skin and body care, except facial treatments.

Fitness centers outside shopping malls, department stores or community malls can resume operations only for yoga or free weight sections. Other exercise equipments, treadmills, cycling machines or group exercises are not allowed.


Indoor sports complexes are allowed to operate for badminton, takraw, table tennis, squash, gymnastic, fencing and rock climbing only with no spectators.

All public swimming pools, botanical gardens, museums, learning centers, historical sites, public libraries and art galleries are allowed to reopen.

Business and venue operators must follow guidance issued by the Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health. The monitoring of businesses will be done randomly. Members of the public are encouraged to contribute to monitoring the adherence to guidance by business operators.



16 May 2020