Thai capital Bangkok lifts more Covid-19 restrictions

Bangkok recorded 836 new cases of Covid-19 on June 20, 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BANGKOK (XINHUA) - Restrictions over Covid-19 will be further eased in the Thai capital of Bangkok from Monday (June 21), the local authorities said on Sunday.

From Monday, convenience stores in Bangkok, which previously were allowed to open between 4am and 11pm, will be able to open around the clock, while swimming pools, science parks, art and cultural exhibition centres as well as libraries and stadiums will be allowed to reopen, according to a statement issued by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

However, any gatherings of more than 50 people at those venues will require permission to be sought in advance from the BMA.

Bangkok recorded 836 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, accounting for more than 25 per cent of the 3,682 daily cases reported nationwide.

Following an acceleration of the vaccine roll-out, the BMA had previously allowed parks, beauty salons, spa and massage parlours and tattoo shops to reopen, and restaurants to provide dine-in services for a longer time and serve more customers.

As at Saturday, Thailand has administered more than 7.5 million doses of vaccines.

Nearly 3 per cent of its population are fully vaccinated, according to World in Data, while 4.8 per cent are partially vaccinated.

Thailand aims to vaccinate about 70 per cent of its population by the end of the year.

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