Thailand’s Social Security Office (SSO) has clarified the latest aid payouts to workers affected by the tightened lockdown and curfew, in order to dispel confusion over eligibility and compensation amounts.
SSO spokesman Nanthachai Panyasurarit said on 20 July that the payout is split into two portions. Workers insured under Section 33 of the SSO law, mainly those working in offices, will either receive one or both portions.
The first portion is assistance worth 2,500 baht provided by the government for Thai nationals working in companies determined by the government as having been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the 13 hardest-hit provinces. The money is remitted to a recipient’s bank account linked with the PromptPay electronic banking service by citizenship ID number.
The other portion, worth up to 7,500 baht, is being offered as compensation to employees of businesses that have suspended operations or closed as a result of the COVID-19 containment measures. Those who qualify for the compensation must have contributed to the SSF for at least 6 months within the past 15 months.