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Several people have been insisting it is not necessary to wear a face mask in Thailand. I have been insisting yes it is.
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Foreigners in Thailand warned about not wearing face masks

by snoop1130

November 22, 2021

Foreigners in Thailand who fail to wear a face mask when out in public face prosecution, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesperson Apisamai Srirangson warned on Monday.

According to Dr Apisamai many foreigners who have arrived in Thailand since its reopening have not been wearing face masks as required and have also been gathering in groups and at parties.

Dr Apisamai said this behaviour had resulted in COVID-19 transmissions, without being more specific.

Dr Apisamai reiterated the rules regarding face masks in Thailand and said that people who fail to wear a face mask when out in public or at gatherings face possible fines of up to 20,000 baht.

The rule also applies to visitors.

The message regarding the requirements to wear face masks was also repeated at the end of Monday’s English language briefing from the CCSA.

https://aseannow.com/topic/1240410-fore ... ace-masks/

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Be careful about bargain hotel prices.

Also, despite some people vehemently arguing with me, again I stress that you must wear the face mask when out in public. If you don't, be prepared to face the consequences if caught.
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Thailand reopening: Deceitful hotels tricking tourists are "letting the country down and damaging its image"

by: webfact

November 23, 2021

The CCSA spokeswoman Dr Apisamai Srirangsan has slammed deceitful hotels in Thailand who are utilizing sharp practices in an effort to get bookings.

She has said that the actions of such hotels are letting Thailand down and damaging the image of the country in the wake of its reopening to foreign tourists that started on November 1st.

With 22 days gone the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration met with reps from pilot areas yesterday.

Some reported that hotels were only charging for rooms in the packages they advertised. Hidden charges for things like mandatory transfer from airports and ATK and RT-PCR test costs were not included.

Tourists thus had a nasty shock when arriving that they had to pay more.

In addition if tourists tested positive for Covid or needed to change hotels they were finding they could not get refunds on their bookings.

"These sharp practices, while admitting that they are only being done by a few hotels, are letting down the country and damaging our image," said Dr Apisamai.

The comments were contained in a report by Naew Na that also reported that hotels in the pilot areas reported that many foreigners were not complying with mask wearing rules and gathering in groups for parties.

This has been reported elsewhere on ASEAN NOW today with officials reiterating that mask wearing is mandatory in most settings with fines up to 20,000 baht in place.

Such comments have only added grist to the mill to people critical of the country with online comments saying that Thailand's reopening is little more than a sham.

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Part of the first article says that when the entertainment venues and bars reopen, "no staff close interaction with customers".

Does this mean at the bars, both beer bars and go-go bars, customers will not be permitted to have a boy sit with them? I don't see any other way to interpret the meaning of that.
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Recap of today’s Covid-19 center meeting in Thailand: Emergency Decree, Color coding zones, status of entertainment venues

By Nop Meechukhun

26 November 2021

Highlights:

* Emergency Decree proposed to be extended until the end of January

* New color coding zones implemented, Chonburi downgraded from Red to Orange

* Entertainment venues will reopen, as scheduled, on January 16th, 2022, although there is potential for earlier opening still the CCSA stated.

* As for any change on the alcohol ban in restaurants in Chonburi/Pattaya, this will need to wait for Governor and Communicable Disease Committee approval, if at all. There is no guarantee of this happening.


The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today, November 26th, has announced the rezoning of provinces nationwide and several changes in preventive measures, including reconsideration of entertainment venues, reopening.

Firstly, the government has agreed to extend the emergency decree nationwide for the 15th time to control the spread of the disease, to be implemented from December 1st, 2021, to January 31st, 2022. There had been a previous discussion around replacing the decree with communicable disease laws, however, this is not going to take place for now as it would need a debate in Parliament and some politicians were concerned with certain parts of the proposed laws. This needs the final approval of the Thai Cabinet but is nearly certain to happen notes TPN media.

The CCSA has also revoked the list of the maximum and strict control areas or the dark-red zone, which means that overnight curfew hours have now been officially canceled nationwide (By December 1st), resulting in 23 provinces listed in the strict control areas (red zone), 23 provinces in the controlled zone (orange), 24 provinces in the high surveillance areas (yellow), and 7 provinces in the pilot tourism zone (blue zone).

The blue zone has been increased for 4 to 7 provinces, namely Bangkok, Krabi, Kanchanaburi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phang Nga, Phuket. Chonburi is listed in the controlled zone (orange zone). The recategorization will be implemented on December 1st. TPN media notes that 19 areas in total are tourism areas, according to the graph, which includes cities and districts in provinces that are not entirely “blue”. This list was not given, however, and it was not clear if individual districts or cities that are blue (like Pattaya) would be able to lift alcohol bans at restaurants or other relaxation measures. Further information would likely be given by the Governor, if anything changes, before December 1st. Blue zones are given further relaxation measures, allowances for tourists to enter as a “sandbox” if not doing test and go and permission for more relaxed activities to boost tourism, although what these relaxations are differed by province and area and need Governor approval.

Chonburi, notes TPN media, is now an orange zone overall, downgraded from red.

Regarding the possibility of entertainment venues, like bars, nightclubs, and entertainment venues reopening following the demand of the business entrepreneurs and workers, the CCSA general meeting has decided that they would work in line with operators to ensure that the reopening can be done at the earliest opportunity.

This means that the opening nationwide can, in theory, be done earlier than January 16th as previously announced by the CCSA in the last meeting if the situation is resolving and the operators are willing to abide by the strict preventive regulations. However, for the most part, the government is sticking to the January 16th, 2021, date as an “official” reopening date for entertainment venues, which means for now the status quo stays.

Starting this December, owners of entertainment venues are required to prepare official surveillance to inspect their legal permit, location, arrangements, and readiness for a possible reopening at the earliest time. More information on this is reportedly forthcoming from the CCSA, but the venues will need to be “Covid-free” zones and ensure that all staff is fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Some other rules that will be effective are reportedly no karaoke, no dance floors, no promotions/parties, no shared drinks, and no staff close interaction with customers.

In short, at this time, only restaurants in high surveillance and pilot tourism areas are allowed to sell and drink alcoholic beverages until 9:00 PM, according to the CCSA. The businesses cannot be opened later than midnight and must strictly follow Covid Free Setting measures. This also needs Governor and provincial communicable disease committee approval, notes TPN media, which as of press time has not been given.

https://thepattayanews.com/2021/11/26/r ... nt-venues/
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As many of you know, in Phuket and Bangkok some bars have reopened illegally - and so far getting away with it with the right amounts of money exchanged with the right hands. I hesitate to call it greed since virtually all the bars are desperate to open, but the few acting illegally are causing problems for the vast majority of the bars playing by the rules. Because of the actions of a few, now the rest of the bars most likely can forget about the possibility of being allowed to reopen in December.

While I understand why some of these bars are doing this, along with customers - including farang - encouraging it, I don't understand why they have not been shut down, the owners arrested, and the police officers involved with accepting bribes to look the other way have not been fired and arrested.

Well, on second thought, I do understand why - and I have a feeling so do many of you . . .
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Pattaya’s bars to remain closed until next year, CCSA reaffirms

By Bangkok Herald

November 26, 2021

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday dashed hopes of a happy new year for Thailand’s bar and club operators, confirming nightlife entertainment venues will remain closed until Jan. 16.

While holding out hope that the reopening could be moved up “if” the Covid-19 situation improves, no criteria what “improves” means nor any possible earlier date was mentioned at the CCSA briefing this afternoon.

Nightlife business associations and operators across the country had been pressing local, provincial and national government agencies this month after the CCSA said reopening would not come until mid-January.

Earlier, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had told the national on television that nightlife’s rebirth would be “considered” for Dec. 1. Many people foolishly took that as a hard date and accused the government of breaking a promise and “pushing back” a date it had never confirmed.

The decision now not to yield to pressure and move up the reopening date before New Year’s Eve should surprise no one, especially given a new Covid-19 outbreak tied to illegally open bars on Phuket’s Bangla Road.

Masquerading as “restaurants” with an easily obtained restaurant license as a pretense, the beer and hostess bars along the popular nightlife strip have been packed for weeks, with local police happily taking a payoff to turn a blind eye. Until people started falling ill with Covid-19.

Mass testing was performed Nov. 23 and, according to local media, 10 bars were ordered closed for at least three days. On Thursday, local media also reported that 24 customers and bargirls at Bangla bars had tested positive for the coronavirus.

The island’s case count has climbed steadily this week, with 128 new cases reported Friday, up from 110 Thursday and 86 Nov. 22. Dr Witita Jang-iam, deputy director of Vachira Phuket Hospital, pointed the finger directly at bars for the surge.

Also weighing loudly against reopening bars was conservative Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who railed Thursday against illegally opened bars in Bangkok. He conveniently failed to point out those bars were open due to shady connections with local police.

Against such headwinds, it was unlikely the CCSA would strap on a pair of flip-flops on the Jan. 16 date.

The CCSA said nightlife venue could now “apply” for an as-yet-unspecified certification to reopen next month. Requirements likely will be that all staff is fully vaccinated and health officials still haven’t given up their unworkable pursuit of having all customers also be fully vaxed.

What likely will emerge over the next three weeks is a list of soon-ignored requirements that were put out last June mandating no singing, no dancing and no lady drinks.

https://www.pattayamail.com/latestnews/ ... rms-380753

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