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Government launches nationwide poll over COVID-19 restrictions

Government launches nationwide poll over COVID-19 restrictions

PHUKET: The national government has launched a major nationwide poll asking people critical questions as to whether they think the measures implemented so far to prevent the spread of COVD-19 have been appropriate, whether their provinces should be “opened up” even more, and even how many new confirmed cases do the people find acceptable.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 10 May 2020, 01:16PM

The poll asks key questions on what the public would like the government do regarding the COVID-19 restrictions. Image: Screenshot

The poll asks key questions on what the public would like the government do regarding the COVID-19 restrictions. Image: Screenshot

UPDATE: Soon after this story was posted the poll was closed. We are trying to obtain a response as to what happened, and why.

Of note, no Thai ID card is required to complete the poll.

Also, while the poll is in Thai language only, but Google Translate offers clear enough translation to be able to respond to the questions accurately.

The poll begins with asking respondents basic details such as age, type of work, including whether the respondent is unemployed.

The poll does not ask people to provide their names and does not ask their incomes.

The first questions ask whether people intend to travel outside their provinces after restrictions have been lifted, and if so, for what reason, such as travel, visit friends and family and work.

The poll also asks whether people are visiting the places that have been allowed to reopen since May 4, and if they do, which health practices the people have decided for themselves that the venues must adhere to in order for the person to choose to go there.

The categories of places are listed as:

  1. Restaurant that sit down to eat
  2. Fresh market / Supermarket / Flea market
  3. Barber shop / beauty salon
  4. Clinics / hospitals / nursing homes
  5. Golf courses / sports courts
  6. Public Park
  7. Pet service locations (such as bathing, hair cutting, spa maintenance)

For each category respondents may choose:

  • Not go
  • Temperature measurement
  • Provide a hand wash or alcohol gel
  • Spacing between people
  • Masked staff
  • Service users must wear masks
  • No action taken on any measures.

People can choose more than one response for each category.

The poll also asks which COVID preventative measures the people themselves have been practicing, at home or elsewhere, since the part-relaxation of COVID restrictions.

Halfway through the poll, respondents are asked, “During the relaxation of the lockdown measures, if the number of new infected persons increases to two digits (10 or more), what do you think the government should do?”

And further, “How many new people per day are you able to accept?”

The poll also asks the key question what respondents would like the government to do if the number of new cases each day rises again into double-digits after restrictions are eased. The options include reverting back to back to “phase 1”, continuing with the easing of restrictions regardless, or going back to full lockdown.

The poll then asks people if they believe “their province” is ready to open various service locations, and whether they are confident that the measures currently enforced in the province to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be effective.

The poll closes by asking which form of media do people prefer to be informed of any developments regarding COVID-19 and the lockdown restrictions: TV, radio, public statements and infographics, Internet and social media, and government press releases.

To take part in the poll, click here:

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Rorri_2 | 13 May 2020 - 07:51:33

Dek, based on time and date. Oh, just how many   birds can you hear, except the chirping inside your head.. and I NEVER mentioned   thousands dead.. more fake news, from you.

GerryT81, what's your point, what do you do with your life... apparently nothing, but hey, do you really like all the ads. 

Jor12 | 13 May 2020 - 00:41:05

R2...agreed. My hard copy of the newspaper on page 2, the blue colours were faded, and there was a small tear on the front page ...idiots.

GerryT81 | 12 May 2020 - 14:55:17

***Counting ads till dawn*** Another suspenseful episode about the action packed life of a Phuket retiree. Coming soon to :   FRTC -Foreigner Retiree Channel Thailand

DeKaaskopp | 12 May 2020 - 11:13:17

"post within minutes" Sherlock,as usual your assumptions are based on nothing. Not everyone is a sleepless zombie posting comments around 5 o'clock.But what to expect from someone who can't hear birds chirping but sees thousands of Covid infected/dead Thai's everywhere.Btw,the editor of the former web blog did good to counter your nonsense.

LALALA | 12 May 2020 - 09:18:15

Rorri... agree with you... I remember driving through Saiyuan the last few years during so called high season and traffic got less and less every year and business fluctuation increased... there were already less tourists due to several incidents which went viral and covid-19 is only the final nail in the coffin. 

Rorri_2 | 12 May 2020 - 05:43:30

Anyone else notice the three stooges post witin minutes, of each other... maybe from the same keyboard. 3 accounts gives him 18 daily responses. His spiteful replies reminds me of the editor of a former Phuket news web blog

Rorri_2 | 12 May 2020 - 05:33:14

On another note PN.. get your bloody act together, I gave up after counting 237 ads before getting to comments... idiots.

Rorri_2 | 12 May 2020 - 05:31:22

Wow, I seem to have got the little mob going... you guys can believe what you want, the rest know the truth... your collective businesses must be suffering badly, simple thing is NO-ONE trusts  tourists,  except maybe Chinese, won't be coming back soon... suffer you buggers.

Pascale | 11 May 2020 - 22:36:16

Seems like MD Rorri sees the official numbers by countries as some kind of competition and therefore don't want to accept that his favorite country has more "official" cases than Thailand.Time to consult a PsyD.

GerryT81 | 11 May 2020 - 15:21:48

Eight out of over 200 countries/territories  !  Wow, seems like they do not trust only Thailand but other countries too. Are you sure you did even understand the motive behind the " First Movers Covid Group" ?

DeKaaskopp | 11 May 2020 - 13:06:31

@Rorri   Maybe you or Ch 7 news could give us the real numbers in Thailand ?  No ? That's what I thought. Poor Rorri.!

Jor12 | 11 May 2020 - 12:50:30

R2... since when does Ch 7, become the Australian Government spokesperson for Australia or the rest of the world? Why didn't Ch7 include Nepal and Pacific Island Nations and a many others throughout the world? Real slim conclusion to suggest countries are lying. Bit like saying that nominee shareholders is not illegal.

ematt | 11 May 2020 - 12:49:36

Rrr2 - It seems the article did not in fact mention Thailand at all, which therefore leads to the unavoidable conclusion that you are actually the one who is lying in this case....

Kurt | 11 May 2020 - 11:56:23

As long there are no WHO Officials coming to Thailand to check/proof the Corona Covid19 figures, and as long there is no investigating journalism proving that the Thai Government figures are not correct, that long we have to believe the official figures. But, remember, the truth has longer legs than the lie. In time the truth will come out.

Rorri_2 | 11 May 2020 - 10:31:44

Appears other countries do not believe Thai stats, and are aware of Thai "lies."

Rorri_2 | 11 May 2020 - 10:30:13

This, from Ch 7 News, Australia "The ‘exclusive club’ is a group of countries that responded quickly to the coronavirus pandemic and that are now in a position where they can get their economies back to some type of normality.

So far, it has only eight members: Australia, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Greece, the Czech Republic, Israel and Singapore." Appears other countries do not be...

Rorri_2 | 11 May 2020 - 10:22:14

Christy, I believe the failure rate, of some tests is 7 out of 10, this is not a negative test, but poor quality Chinese test kits, on top of that, Thailand isn't testing high numbers, and most testing is temperature, and tested incorrectly.

Christy Sweet | 10 May 2020 - 21:10:19

I'd want to know more about the rate of false negatives of  specific tests, and do the thermometers send data? But generally I say keep it locked down, this virus has a lot of unknowns. Now that kids are  dying maybe they'll take it seriously? Just give the people some cash. The money  is there.  

Kurt | 10 May 2020 - 14:48:39

Seen the number of foreigners living, working in Thailand, and Thai Government not take the effort to have the poll in english as well, shows clearly that Government is not interested in foreigners opinion. Remaining insular as ever. So be it. I will ignore the poll.


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