Although I hope anyone that is away from loved ones gets back to the.
It is also a good wakeup call that people shouldn't be living on such temporary visa/status
It's a conundrum which needs certain action or a great deal of planning to overcome as Covid is an entirely new hurdle for expats and frequent travelers alike.
One fellow BM stranded abroad is fortunate to have a house in both locations but is not legally married to his lady therefore unable to return under existing rules. He may choose to marry upon return to Thailand, or gain residency for her so that she can return to his home country at any time. The latter is already in progress and a more likely option.
Another non-BM American, also with homes in both countries is a same-sex partner now separated and unable to return as yet.
Yet another American who is
married [to a TG], managed to get on a repat flight from the US. [The TG flight was very hush hush due to a ban on TG flying into the US but spotted by enthusiast's landing at military airfields].
Many expat couples with massive homes here were stranded (as tourists) in other countries, China, Australia and NZ for example, and have incurred hefty accommodation costs whilst their Thai mansions are sitting empty and (some) poorly maintained. This group is among those who would take up the STV option.
Meanwhile, Thai authorities have arrested and quarantined a number of illegal immigrants who managed to get in via land borders, mainly Chinese.