Group gatherings in crowded places now allowed as Thailand prepares for post-pandemic status

As of July 1, the country will enter the post-pandemic era, not an “endemic” era as previously announced.

Following the initial announcement on June 17, 2022, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has provided a timeline for the easing of national restrictions related to COVID-19.

Published in the Official Gazette of the Government of Thailand on June 23, 2022, the updated measures took effect immediately on the same date. This would include the following:

  • Group gatherings in crowded places are permitted, but those with more than 2,000 participants must receive prior permission from the respective authorities in Bangkok or the other 76 provinces.
  • The removal of color-coded zoning, thereby redefining Bangkok and the remaining 76 provinces as green zones.
  • Wearing a face mask outdoors has been approved as optional, although the public is still advised to wear a face mask in crowded places, such as public transport, markets and concert halls, or for people with certain health conditions.
  • Entertainment venues (including pubs, bars and karaoke lounges) that have been Thai Stop COVID+ certified by the Ministry of Public Health are also permitted to operate in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, as well as guidelines from communicable disease control.
  • Restaurants and eateries are permitted to serve alcoholic beverages to diners in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, as well as communicable disease control guidelines.

According to Permanent Secretary of Health Kiattiphum Wongrajit, quoted in Bangkok Post, as of July 1, the country will enter the post-pandemic era, not an “endemic” era as previously announced.

The reason is, he said, that the health ministry decided to wait until the World Health Organization declares COVID-19 as endemic, before making its own statement.


Thailand’s employment rate expected to rise in 2022

In line with Thailand’s transition to endemic status, the country’s reopening and push for economic recovery is expected to generate double-digit employment rate growth this year.

In particular, occupations in IT, engineering, digital marketing, and those with the skills to support the creation of the metaverse are in short supply, despite an increase in their salaries, JobsDB shared, according to a report by Bangkok Post.

Currently, IT workers have the highest demand since the pandemic and this trend will continue due to digital transformation. Looking further, programmers, software developers, data scientists, analysts, and those with skills in IT infrastructure, cybersecurity, cloud operations, and artificial intelligence are the most sought after by IT companies.


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Sara H. Byrd