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Have you been planning a holiday in Phuket since it is the first province that might reopen and now you'll be able to go to go-go bars again?

Not so fast . . .
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Phuket officials confirm that entertainment venues like bars and clubs will not open at the start of the Phuket Sandbox

By Adam Judd

10 June 2021

The “Phuket Sandbox” a test program to welcome back foreign tourists to Thailand that have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, will not be opening the island’s bars, pubs, gogos, and nightclubs at the start of July along with the rest of the island.

Patong Mayor Chalermsak Maneesri confirmed the news to Phuket press earlier today which was picked up by national media as well. The announcement is likely to be one of several changes or precautionary measures suggested by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, along with the Thai Tourism Authority.

The reasoning for not opening the popular nightlife and entertainment industry was concern over prior clusters of Covid-19 that came from bars and nightclubs, according to Chalermsak. This is despite an expected 70% of the island to be vaccinated by the time the island opens to tourists, a requirement all foreign tourists are fully vaccinated and pass multiple Covid-19 tests, and domestic requirements that require all island visitors to be either vaccinated, test negative for Covid-19 or do a fourteen-day quarantine.

There is also currently a national closure order for all “entertainment venues” and a national ban on sales of alcohol in restaurants set by the CCSA. This order has been in place for roughly two months, with no sign of lifting anytime soon.

Mayor Chalermsak did not state if the ban on alcohol in restaurants would be considered to be lifted prior to the opening of Phuket, although the Phuket Governor has previously stated that an easing of rules would be considered at hotels and restaurants, but not guaranteed, also citing Covid-19 concerns.

The Patong Mayor stated that besides the national ban by the CCSA that the Phuket Governor and the Thailand Tourism Authority, or TAT, had agreed that the entertainment venues would be kept closed for the start of the Phuket Sandbox. It was not stated when they would be considered for opening.

The TAT has been focusing heavily on nature, beaches, and the restoration of the island’s environment due to a lack of tourists and traffic over the past year, hoping to draw those who wish to experience natural attractions.

The decision drew many angry comments online from both potential tourists and business owners on the island. Some bar and nightclub owners stated on social media they had their entire staff vaccinated and had been preparing for the opening and to be told they could not open, despite their sector having been arguably the hardest hit over the past year, was unacceptable. The Patong Mayor did state, however, that he would focus on providing economic assistance and support for those sectors that would not yet be allowed to open.

https://tpnnational.com/2021/06/10/phuk ... t-sandbox/

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Chonburi eases some restrictions effective Monday, June 14th: Pools, foot massage, gyms, and more

By Adam Judd

11 June 2021

The Chonburi Communicable Disease Committee, chaired by the governor, released the following order effective Monday, June 14th, easing some Covid-19 restrictions.

The order noted that the situation with Covid-19 was still not resolved but the following venues and items were being eased due to, according to the Chonburi Public Health Office, not majorly being a source of Covid-19 infections.

Anything not listed in this list remains the same as before.

1. Massage shops can open for foot massage only. They must ensure proper Covid-19 measures, time spent for massages, masks must be worn.
2. Swimming pools and water parks can open, however, alcohol is prohibited.
3. Gyms, fitness centers, sports fields can be opened until 9:00 P.M. Sporting events can be held with limited spectators, there may be other rules that apply for this.
4. ANY group or organization holding an event or meeting over 50 people is forbidden or needs permission from the relevant agencies and Chonburi officials.

https://thepattayanews.com/2021/06/11/c ... -and-more/

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Meanwhile, if you do have plans to go to Phuket, there are a few little hoops to jump through . . .

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Gaybutton wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:59 pm
Meanwhile, if you do have plans to go to Phuket, there are a few little hoops to jump through . . .
At a quick glance, that's almost identical to the quarantine regime that was in place during the last 8 months or so. Except for the significant difference that instead of being confined to one hotel room, the visitor is confined to Phuket.

As long as they have a good choice of hotels at fair prices, it would be a much more agreeable way to start a visit to Thailand.

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Pattaya foot massage, sports facilities get OK to reopen

By Pattaya Mail

June 12, 2021

Weary feet and minds will be soothed again in Chonburi Province June 14 when foot massage parlors are allowed to reopen, along with some fitness areas.

The Communicable Disease Committee issued an order June 11 to permit foot massages again under disease-control restrictions. Also allowed to reopen are swimming pools, fitness centers, sports fields and gyms.

While massage parlor and spa operators have asked for full services to resume, only feet can get a healing touch for now. Masseuses must be spaced a meter apart and wear face masks, as must customers.

Paradoxically, health officials ordered a 90-minute limit per person despite saying they wanted to limit the number of customers each masseuse sees. Shorter times, of course, means more customers are possible.

Swimming pools and water parks also must impose coronavirus protocols with the additional prohibition of not selling or allowing consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Other sports facilities must close by 9 p.m. Sports competitions must be limited to fewer than 50 people attending.

The business reopening came only days after the province again postponed the resumption of in-person classroom teaching for Chonburi schools. Students will continue with online learning.

https://www.pattayamail.com/news/pattay ... pen-359331

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