Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday said the night time curfew in place in 29 COVID-19 ‘dark red’ provinces, which includes Prachuap Khiri Khan and Hua Hin, could be shortened if the COVID-19 situation continues to improve.
Prime Minister Prayut said the any change to the curfew, which is in place between 9pm and 4am, will depend on the number of infections, fatalities and other metrics related to the pandemic.
The prime minister said he knew the curfew was affecting entertainment establishments such as pubs, bars and other night spots.
He added that he wants to discuss the lifting of more restrictions with the CCSA, but he remains concerned about people flocking to these venues.
PM Prayut said he, in his role of chair of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), will seek advice from health officials before ruling on whether the curfew can be lifted.
The CCSA reviews all COVID-19 measures every 14 days and is expected to convene again around September 14.
The PM added that despite restrictions being eased on September 1, he hoped that people in Thailand will continue to work together in order to prevent further spread of the virus.
The news comes as Hua Hin police on Thursday released photos of officers enforcing the night curfew at a checkpoint out side Klai Kangwon Palace on Wednesday night.