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Cherng Talay high-risk area lockdown leaves west coast road closed

Cherng Talay high-risk area lockdown leaves west coast road closed

PHUKET: The road joining Kamala with Cherng Talay on Phuket’s west coast will remain closed, villages on the border of the two popular subdistricts are under lockdown for fear of allowing the COVID-19 virus to spread.

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By The Phuket News

Saturday 2 May 2020, 07:23PM


The checkpoints in Cherng Talay will remain until health officials order otherwise. Photo: Cherng Talay OrBorTor

The checkpoints in Cherng Talay will remain until health officials order otherwise. Photo: Cherng Talay OrBorTor


Sgt Sutthirak Chuthong of the Cherng Talay Police explained this afternoon (May 2) that the villages included Baan Bang Tao Nai, Baan Haad Surin and Baan Bang Tao Nok.

The three villages are within the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) area of responsibility – and all three have been ordered by provincial health officials to remain under lockdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the island.

The lockdown of the three areas means motorists are not permitted to travel along the main road through the affected areas to reach Kamala to the south, Sgt Sutthirak explained.

Checkpoints preventing people from entering the areas will remain until health officials order otherwise, Sgt Sutthirak said.

“There are two checkpoints, one at either end of the main road entering the areas. One is at the intersection at the entrance to Surin Beach, which blocks traffic in both directions on Route 4030. Another checkpoint is located in front of Tesco Lotus Cherng Talay branch,” he added.

“If people want to go to other parts of Cherng Talay, please use Route 4025, better known as Srisoonthorn Rd.” Sug Sutthirak said.

Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) Chief MaAnn Samran told The Phuket News that Moo 2, Moo 3 and Moo 5 Cherng Talay had been declared risk areas for COVID-19.

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“No people are allowed to enter or exit those areas except for in case of emergencies or for health officials or other officers to perform their duties,” he said.

Several checkpoints have been set up to prevent people from entering or exiting the affected areas, Mr MaAnn explained.

A checkpoint has even been set up in front of the SuperCheap store on the border of Moo 2 and Moo 3 to prevent people in either village area from entering the other.

Other checkpoints have been set up near Bluesiam Beach Club and near Mandara Condominium, Mr MaAnn said.

“Cherng Talay is a community with many people. Officers are working hard to contain the spread of COVID-19 from these areas," he added.

Additional reporting by Khunanya Wanchanwet. 

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Christy Sweet | 06 May 2020 - 19:28:33

 I was addressing a question from Geno at 12:35 May 5th,  about going INTO Kamala FROM Surin/Bang Tao. From having read this and more recent  articles on this subject, it is my understanding Kamala is not locked down, but closed to anyone who is   NOT a resident to travel through.  It's so easy  to answer w/o trying to solicit an emotional reaction.  

r u sure | 06 May 2020 - 10:33:01

@ChristySweet. Read the article! You cannot go from Kamala to Bang Tao It is blocked off currently You are turned around at the check point! So, there is no visiting or "driving through" Bang Tao as it is blocked off! Similarly you can't leave Bang Tao to come through or to Kamala. Has that penetrated??

Christy Sweet | 05 May 2020 - 21:37:05

I was addressing a specific question by Geno. I'm all for lock downs. I hope the Kamalians go straight through S Bang Tao and do not stop off at various shops etc., along the route, which should be shuttered.

r u sure | 05 May 2020 - 16:05:40

@ChristySweet  maybe you are in Bang Tao otherwise I don't understand. The local authorities in Kamala do not want any "outsiders " coming in , especially people from an "affected" area. I can understand their concern, which also would include anyone traveling to or from that affected area. You don't share that concern/common sense approach obviously. Any specific reaso...

Christy Sweet | 05 May 2020 - 14:01:31

  It may be you're being kept in Bang Tao, not out of Kamala. 

r u sure | 05 May 2020 - 13:30:48

Geno I think he is correct Going to and from Bangtao from Kamala is not allowed Logic would suggest you don't want people travelling IN  from an infected area as much as people are not allowed to travel TO an affected area?

Geno | 05 May 2020 - 12:35:32

Good reporting on Bangtao. What about the checkpoint at Surin Beach??? They stopped me and said not allowed to enter Kamala. He said Kamala is closed. Is this true. The person in charge of that checkpoint's name is "Yo"

DeKaaskopp | 05 May 2020 - 11:19:20

Kurt,it seems you are a bit confused.The incident you mentioned happened at Thalang Police station and not at the Cherng Talay Police station. 

Kurt | 05 May 2020 - 10:29:48

Remember the siege of the  Cherng Talay Police station a few years ago?
With on the 3rd floor Phuket Governor + high Official hidin, shuddering for hours, until the army came in from Nakhon Si Thammarat. The Phuket thai police force didn't dare to handle this. No one Official dares to burn his hands on Cherng Talay. There reside unexplainable the power on Phuket.

Kurt | 05 May 2020 - 10:20:03

@BigA, BangTao-Cherng Talay area is 'self governed', as you see. The Provincial Government not even dare to tell them that laws and rules apply to all Inhabitants on Phuket. The people gather shout a few words and the lock down barriers are in own hands. Status Quo restored! There are the people with power. This affair is a enormous loose face matter for the real Officials.

BigA | 05 May 2020 - 08:08:36

How come this Bang Tao villagers can decide who is in control of this checkpoints? There on family members?Phuket you are a joke!! Horst   

Fascinated | 02 May 2020 - 23:02:46

It would be nice if the people there would work hard to stop the spread by staying at home and social distancing.  the longer they refuse to the longer this will go on.

 

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