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Island isolation measures extended with minor amendments

Island isolation measures extended with minor amendments

PHUKET: Measures adopted by Phuket officials to contain the spread of COVID-19 are to be extended until Aug 31 under a new order issued by the Phuket Governor.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 15 August 2021, 11:52AM


The provincial order was issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew and posted just before 10pm last night (Aug 14). The order will be in effect from Aug 17 to 31.

Essentially, all restrictions remain in place as per the previous order including schools closed until the end of the month, ‘risky’ venues being banned from serving alcohol and limitations on social gatherings in private residences and groups of no more than 50 people in public spaces.

The only real amendment to the pre-exisiting order is that residents of Phuket, those that work here permanently and tourists under the Sandbox scheme will now be allowed entry.

Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong explained the key measures and other information mentioned in the order after a Communicable Disease Committee meeting in the afternoon, as follows:

Entry requirements

“New exemptions will now apply for people who are registered as Phuket residents with a Phuket listed address or people who work permanently in Phuket,” said V/G Piyapong.

“This group of people can enter the island from Aug 17 after the measures come into effect. However, they still need to be fully vaccinated and test negative by RT-PCR or antigen rapid test within 72 hours before arriving in Phuket.”

Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 entails having received two doses of the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccine, or one injection of the Sinovac vaccine and one injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine, or at least one injection of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days before arriving.

Alternatively, arrivals must have been discharged from medical care for recovering from COVID-19 no more than 90 days before arriving.

“People who work permanently in Phuket must present a confirmation document, issued by the company they work for, to officers at the border checkpoint.

“The exemption will also include tourists under the Phuket Sandbox scheme. Tourists who complete their mandatory 14-day stay in Phuket can go out and return to Phuket. They must present the necessary documents to officers to prove that they are tourists under the scheme.

“We are also discussing measures which will see antigen test booths at the checkpoint to facilitate arrivals,” V/G Piyapong added.

“Otherwise, the core of the order will remain the same meaning that all arrivals of all kinds of vehicles from the mainland are to be refused entry to Phuket,” V/Gov Piyapong said.

There are exemptions to this rule which allows people conducting essential or urgent business onto the island as follows:

1) Medical ambulance emergency patient, lifeguard, rescue

2) Transport drugs, materials, medical supplies, medical chemicals

3) Transport consumer goods, agricultural products, livestock, animal feed

4) Transporting cooking gas fuel

5) Transport for banks, money, financial institution

6) Transport of parcels and publications

7) People who need to travel through international channels Phuket International Airport (must have a ticket of the travel date only)

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8) Persons who have been ordered or have a written assignment from the agency to perform duties in the prevention and control of diseases in Phuket

9) People who have been ordered by government agencies to go or perform urgent missions in Phuket

10) Those who have an appointment according to the court proceedings prosecutor or the investigating officer which must have clear documentary evidence that if postponing the said appointment will seriously damage the consideration process or an appointment to register rights and juristic acts only in case of urgent need that cannot be avoided otherwise it will cause damage to the parties or greatly affect the economy.

11) Transport construction materials, machinery and spare parts used for maintenance. Only used in the implementation of projects to solve the flood problem. or projects of the state, state enterprises, other government agencies in solving problems of people’s troubles or in case of urgent need

12) Any other cases that have practical problems that need to be diagnosed and ordered The incident commander at the Phuket checkpoint shall have the authority to consider on a case by case basis.

All of the above must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by having received two doses of the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccine, or one injection of the Sinovac vaccine and one injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine, or at least one injection of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days before arriving.

Alternatively, arrivals must have been discharged from medical care for recovering from COVID-19 no more than 90 days before arriving.

The checkpoint onto Phuket will remain closed to all traffic except for emergencies from 11pm to 4am each night.

Venue closure and alcohol ban

The closure of venues deemed ‘risky’ across the island will remain the same as Phuket is still classified as a orange-zone province. V/G Piyapog confirmed that Phuket will continue to follow measures set down by the CCSA.

“Even though the Communicable Disease Committee discussed the possibility of lifting the ban of alcohol consumption in restaurants, we did not agree to lift the measure,” he said.

“The serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants and hotels will remain banned,” he repeated.

Measures for migrant workers

“So far, we have recorded many infected cases among migrant workers and they will now not be permitted to enter or leave the province,” V/G Piyapong said.

“As such, we have two provincial orders specifically for them. One applies to those who work on land, and the other for those who work at sea on fishing boats.

“For those who work on land, we will give authority to each District Chief to manage the workers’ camps because some decisions need to be made urgently.

"Regular ATK or RT-PCR testing will be conducted and should the rate of infection rise above 10% of the total population of the camp then it will be placed into a bubble and seal lockdown scenario.

“The District Chiefs will have direct ongoing contact with the camp managers in their areas.

“For workers at sea, we will apply the bubble and seal measure to fishing boats meaning the boat must not be moved except for when going to fish. Workers who are considered as high-risk people must stay only on their boats.

“The Phuket Fishery Office will be responsible for managing the workers and will have a team of ‘vessel managers’ to contact and share information,” V/G Piyapong concluded.

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Christy Sweet | 17 August 2021 - 01:44:27

These one dose requirements with mix and match m-RNA is going to get really ugly. 

maverick | 16 August 2021 - 14:09:55

Megamind@if they are paying the cops why the subterfuge surely business would be better if they were more open - I have to check with lelecuneo to find out where alcohol is served which is a little tiresome :-) 

megamind | 16 August 2021 - 08:55:55

“The serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants will remain banned" for who didn't pay the bribe and are Farang owned. Just go to get a look at the Beach (Rawai or Nai Harn) or "protected" restaurant in the same area (Soi Saiyuan) in the evening time.. Amazing Thailand

Kurt | 16 August 2021 - 07:11:48

Village Head MaAnn is also elected. See what a wonderful support he gives to his village friends when it comes to handling beach clearing for so many years.. Something what actually not should be in hands of a village head who can say all the time: 'I can do nothing', if he not wants it. A elected wealthy hand sitting mess creator.

DeKaaskopp | 15 August 2021 - 17:31:58

@phkt-2016     It doesn't really matter who's idea those buildings are or not.This money should be given at least partly to those who are constantly prevented from making some money. And the Or Bor Jor president is elected ? Guess we all know how election working here.

phkt-2016 | 15 August 2021 - 16:51:45

Kasskoop the skywalk and office buildings are ideas of the OR BOR JOR president, not the governor. But he at least is elected and not appointed.

maverick | 15 August 2021 - 13:17:33

Alcohol ban is to stop large groups gathering and socializing especially in clubs the small bars are penalized because of the strength of the bar complexes and night clubs who have been paying tea money for years and the powers to be don’t want to upset them by allowing small business’s to open . So very Thai......

DeKaaskopp | 15 August 2021 - 12:56:58

So I can still go to a gym with people breathing heavily around me and I can still get a massage with direct body contact. But having a beer at a bar or restaurant is dangerous ? Keeping places like bars closed without any financial help from local government ?Yeah,better spend the money for an apartment building for officials or some stupid skywalk. Please Governor :  Retire now !

lelecuneo | 15 August 2021 - 12:00:21

“The serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants and hotels will remain banned,” he repeated
hahahaha K Piyapog you are talking to yourself against a wall...  you should have spared this farse again 

 

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