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More Closures Due To COVID-19 In Thailand

August 12, 2021

Officials have closed Phuket Town Fresh Market 1 and its surrounding areas for one week as well as the Downtown Plaza market for 11 days until August 22 due to an outbreak of Covid-19. Last Wednesday, 27 Covid-19 infections were uncovered at the market, leading Phuket to a record 65 Coronavirus infections on that day.
The order of Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew is in effect from today until August 17, barring all people from entering and leaving the area, except for emergency medical personnel and vehicles, food and gas deliveries.
Phuket Town Fresh Market 1 and the Downtown Plaza were restricted on Monday by the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee to control a rash of Covid-19 infections. The provincial order was enacted by the governor on Tuesday.
Checkpoints will be set up around the contained area that encompasses Ranong Road, Soi Phuthorn, and Bangkok Road, manned by officials from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command, Phuket City Police, and Phuket City Municipality. Test kits and RT-PCR kits will also be dispatched to the area for the Phuket Public Health Office and Phuket City Municipality to test local residents.
During the lockdown, the municipality will sanitize the entire market and deliver supplies and food to those quarantined. Two weeks ago, Central Festival was shut down, and other markets were instructed to enforce social distancing by allowing only one person per 4 square meters.
It took just one hour and 40 minutes to travel across the Gulf of Thailand between the two popular tourist destinations. The Royal Passenger Liner operated a 150-passenger catamaran and a 262-passenger ferry.
It was launched in 2017 but struggled the entire time it ran. There was less ferry ridership than expected, and the route between Pattaya and Hua Hin just wasn’t that popular. Other problems and setbacks plagued the ferry along the way, but when Covid-19 started shutting down services and regions, it was the beginning of the end.
Last year, the Chon Buri Covid-19 Communicable Disease Committee suspended the ferry service. As the pandemic rages on, the service remains inoperative, and it’s unclear when things will return to normal with tourism returning and ferries lining up between Hua Hin and Pattaya, so Royal Passenger Liner is pulling the plug.
The mayor of Pattaya says that no company is coming to replace the canceled ferry to Hua Hin and that Royal Passenger Liner renovated the pier in a way that doesn’t meet government standards and that they must restore it before they can cancel the contract.
A new ferry had a test run last year from Sattahip near Pattaya to Prachuap Khiri Khan near Hua Hin, but it’s not a permanent schedule to replace the canceled ferry route. Plans had also been discussed regarding building a bridge to connect the two cities as well.

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Preparation Is Continuing For Pattaya Move On Reopening Program Despite Rise of COVID-19 Infection Rite

July 29, 2021

Planning for the “Pattaya Move On” reopening program will continue despite the high Covid-19 infection rate in Chon Buri. As a result of the ongoing spread of the disease and the emergence of the highly transmissible Delta variant, which has infected over 500,000 people in Thailand over the past several months, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has been considering whether to delay the reopening of several tourist destinations.
Pattaya has been hurt by a lack of international tourism. A number of businesses have closed. Walking Street has been compared to The Walking Dead, the zombie apocalypse TV show and graphic novel series. Many of the bar girls at popular go-go bars are out of work and have tried to earn money by doing live-stream videos for overseas customers.
Pattaya Business and Tourism Association President Boonanan Phattanasin says that the “Pattaya Move On” plan will continue regardless of TAT’s talk of delaying the schemes. The reopening will take place on September 1 2021. Koh Larn can also be used as a “sandbox” for foreign tourists during their first week in Thailand.
‘If the situation improved and no immediate support plan was in place by the official reopening date, that could cause problems, and the opening of the city would have to be postponed anyway. Pattaya will be reopened to foreign and domestic tourists, with all business sectors operating, as soon as possible.”
Due to its high infection rate, Chon Buri, which includes Pattaya, is classified as a “dark red” province under maximum control. The province reported 864 cases of Covid-19 today. Since April 1, there have been more than 20,000 confirmed Covid-19 infections in Chon Buri.
Foreign tourists are scheduled to be able to visit 10 provinces by the end of October, according to tourism officials. Phuket reopened on July 1 under the “Sandbox” model and Surat Thani reopened its three islands, Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, and Koh Tao, on July 15 under the “Samui Plus” model. By the end of October, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Chon Buri, Krabi, Phang Nga, and Buriram would also reopen.
TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn recently said that reopening all 10 tourist destinations by the end of October might be difficult due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and high rates of infection in target tourist destinations like Bangkok and Chon Buri.

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Thai Bits: Many Korat Schools Delayed, The Thai Health Ministry Disagrees With Pattaya COVID-19 Plans

June 13, 2021

Many Korat Schools Are Postponing Opening on June 14

Parents in Nakhon Ratchasima are worried about the transmission of Covid-19, so many schools have postponed the start of the new school year by three weeks.

Many private schools in Muang and other districts of this northeastern province announced the closures on their Facebook pages on Saturday.

In Bangkok and three neighboring provinces where most cases have been reported, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced that the new school year would begin on June 14th, 2021, but on-site learning would be banned.

Pluk Panya School and Sarasas Hua Thalae School in Muang district have postponed the new term to June 21, 2021. Saint Mary’s College in Muang district would start the new term on June 28, 2021, while Baan Khunnoo and Methaphat schools put it off until June 23, 2021.

June 14, 2021, will be the original opening date for most public schools.

The Thai Public Health Ministry Disagrees With Pattaya COVID-19 Plans

In response to Pattaya’s plans, the Public Health Ministry says quarantine will not be necessary for foreign holidaymakers vaccinated against malaria and yellow fever.

Thanes Supornsahasrungsri, acting president of the Chon Buri Tourism Council, said the ministry expressed concerns about the plan to welcome tourists during the peak season after giving Covid-19 shots to more than two-thirds of residents and hospitality workers.

Expats who are fully vaccinated could enter Pattaya without the need to quarantine for 14 days, even though they would have to stay in Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts for seven days before being allowed to leave.

Unlike Phuket, Pattaya is an open city and health officials feared it would be difficult to regulate the movement of tourists, Mr. Thanes admitted.

In August and September 2021, Pattaya is planning a soft reopening with the sealed route restriction to prepare for a full reopening.

Foreign tourists would have to stay in their hotels for three to five days before they could travel to pre-approved places which have been certified by the Safety & Health Administration (SHA).

Hopefully, that would ease the health authorities’ concerns ahead of the Pattaya reopening in October and he was optimistic Pattaya would get more vaccine doses to cover 70% of local citizens when it had a clear reopening date.

Approximately 900,000 vaccine doses are needed to inoculate 450,000 people or 70% of its population, he said.