Jan. 1 (UPI) — No meals or drink will probably be allowed on home flights in Thailand as of Friday to ensure airline passengers are masked always to stop the unfold of COVID-19, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand introduced.

“In case of emergency or necessity, cabin crew might contemplate in accordance with the state of affairs,” a message from the aviation company stated Friday.

“If deemed needed, cabin crew might present consuming water for the passenger with consideration of remoted space, as distant from different passengers as attainable.”

As well as, vacationers might solely carry their very own newspapers and magazines, and should take them once they exit the airplane, the company introduced. Public studying materials, apart from security playing cards, will probably be faraway from home flights.

“Cleansing time after every cease of home flight is extraordinarily quick, since operators are inclined to do the quickest turnaround as attainable and I believe it’s unlikely operators would be capable of totally clear all of these things,” Chula Sukmanop, the company’s director normal, informed CNN.

“Subsequently, having non-essential studying supplies on-board would create extra danger of virus publicity,” he added.

The longest home flights inside Thailand can last as long as two hours, from the northern metropolis of Chiang Mai within the north to the island of Phuket and to the southern resort of of Krabi.

Thailand is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 instances, with a file excessive 1,253 new lively instances previously week. The nation has recorded 7,163 confirmed instances and 63 deaths for the reason that starting of the pandemic, in accordance with the Johns Hopkins College on-line COVID-19 tracker.

Thailand’s aviation authority earlier in December loosened restrictions on worldwide flights into the nation, permitting a particular vacationer visa, which features a necessary 14-day quarantine for worldwide guests.

Japan moved final week to droop all worldwide air journey to gradual the unfold of a brand new, extra transmissible COVID-19 variant first found in Britain and now discovered in additional than 20 international locations.