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CCSA security chief warns violators of harsh measures

CCSA security chief warns violators of harsh measures

THAILAND: Violators of social distancing measures and other rules deployed to fight the coronavirus outbreak will face immediate legal action, the security chief of the COVID-19 fighting agency warned yesterday (June 7) after fans mobbed a cinema.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 8 June 2020, 08:48AM


Cinema staff sanitise a theatre at Paragon Cineplex on Jun 1, 2020. Cinemas there are closed again from Sunday to Tuesday. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya.

Cinema staff sanitise a theatre at Paragon Cineplex on Jun 1, 2020. Cinemas there are closed again from Sunday to Tuesday. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya.

His warning was issued after fans thronged Paragon Cineplex on Friday evening for a promotional meet-and-greet event with Anan “Ying” Wong and Wanarat “War” Ratsameerat. The acting duo have appeared together in many TV series, with En of Love the latest.

Photos on social media showed fans of the duo tightly packed together to take photos with their idols wihout regard for social distancing rules.

Defence Forces chief Pornpipat Benyasri said all businesses must comply with the rules on screening visitors and enforcing social distancing standards to prevent the comeback of the virus, according to Maj Gen Theerapong Patamasing Na Ayutthaya, the Royal Thai Armed Forces spokesman.

Any businesses violating the measures will face the maximum legal penalty, added Gen Pornpipat, who is in charge of security for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Siam Piwat Co, the operator of Siam Paragon, on Saturday ordered the cinema complex in the shopping centre to close for three days from Sunday to improve safety and health measures for moviegoers in the wake of the incident. It also apologised for the “inappropriate” use of the space, resulting in safety rules set by the company being ignored.

The theatres at Siam Paragon are owned by Major Group, which rents the space from Siam Piwat. Major Group, a listed company on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, posted a Facebook message apologising for the event and saying it placed great importance on the welfare of moviegoers.

Cinemas are among the mild-risk businesses allowed to reopen on June 1 after a decline of new coronavirus patients and deaths in the country. But they have been ordered to maintain safety measures as the restrictions are eased.

The CCSA plans to open higher-risk businesses such as daycare service centres and nightclubs in the next stage, providing COVID-19 numbers remain low.

Beachgoers put mayor on alert

Elsewhere, the mayor of Muang Saen Suk municipality in Chon Buri yesterday warned that Bang Saen beach could face another closure if tourists fail to comply with safety measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections.

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Narongchai Khunplome posted the warning on Facebook, saying if visitors heading to Bang Saen let their guard drop, the government may order the closure of the beach again.

The popular beach reopened on June 1. However, the government is highly concerned about the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 infections if people do not strictly comply with safety measures.

Mr Narongchai posted his information after seeing crowds flock to the beach yesterday, with many people failing to observe social distancing etiquette.

“If tourists continue to violate health measures, closure can be enforced once again,” he said.

Crowds were also spotted on Bali Hai Pier waiting for the Koh Larn ferry in Pattaya as officers took temperatures and recorded the names of tourists or asked them to register at the Thai Chana website.

Beaches far away from Bangkok, such as Koh Phi Phi island in Krabi, however, remain deserted and the piers were free from overcrowding as domestic tourism is yet to see people venture far from Bangkok while the emergency decree and curfew remain in place.

Meanwhile, the government yesterday reported eight new coronavirus cases and no new deaths, taking the accumulated totals in Thailand to 3,112 infections and 58 deaths since the outbreak began in January.

The new cases were returnees – five from the United Arab Emirates, two from Kuwait and one from India – and were in quarantine, where most of Thailand’s recent cases have been detected, said Panprapa Yongtrakul, an assistant spokeswoman for the government’s COVID-19 Administration Centre.

Thailand could mark 14 days without a single new locally-transmitted case today, but Dr Panprapa called for no complacency, saying a domestic elimination of the virus cannot officially be claimed until 28 days have passed with no new cases.

The CCSA is preparing to introduce guidelines for high-risk businesses such as daycare centres and nightlife venues such as pubs which are scheduled to reopening in the next stage of the progressive easing of COVID-19 control measures.

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Kurt | 09 June 2020 - 12:00:44

@ DeK,  I am not Herman1

BigA | 09 June 2020 - 08:05:00

He guys, Its Low season with westerly Wind and seas little sun so stay on shore ! There will be , I am sure no Liveguards anyway ! Horst

maverick | 09 June 2020 - 07:17:38

Hermann1@ tell that to the Kiwi’s they have ripped off the masks and stopped social distancing after 15 days......we can watch with interest as the virus overwhelms them again 

DeKaaskopp | 09 June 2020 - 01:08:19

@Kurt/Hermann1  The same comment  from two people ? Or was the comment limit exceeded and names had to be switched ? A little bit to obvious.

DeKaaskopp | 09 June 2020 - 01:00:19

@ThorFinger   Don't think so much ! Just go for your swim without the mask .

ThorFinger | 08 June 2020 - 20:56:15

Further to my other comment, I will be making sure i follow all rules of social distancing etc while i am at the beach. But as we are on an island and the virus is now dead here, i am struggling with the actual situation right now. It's a virus. It's not a mystery.

ThorFinger | 08 June 2020 - 20:50:25

Are we missing something in translations here?  I'm embarking on my swim tomorrow at a beach with no people. I will make surf guards aware they will probably have to rescue me as i won't be able to swim and breathe with a mask on. My choice appears to be, swim with a mask and drown or possibly get arrested for fear of transmitting nothing to the fish, as i    am not sick!

Hermann1 | 08 June 2020 - 18:08:33

Well,more and more virus scientists believe that 14 days quarantine period is not long enough. It should become 28 days to be sure.

LALALA | 08 June 2020 - 09:47:21

Than close the beaches again... who cares... beach is about relaxing and having fun and not about following stupid rules set out by a moron regime...if they want to resume tourism they should abolish all this BS 'new normal' crap... they should not forget that LOS is expensive compared to its competitors.

 

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