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More restrictions eased as ‘Phase 2’ of lifting lockdown begins

More restrictions eased as ‘Phase 2’ of lifting lockdown begins

PHUKET: Hundreds of businesses across the island are allowed to open from today (May 17) as Phase 2 of the relaxation of the restrictions introduced to prevent the spread COVID-19 come into effect.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 17 May 2020, 08:30AM

Shopping malls are allowed to stay open until 8pm as long as they strictly observe mandatory health guidelines. Photo: Central Group

Shopping malls are allowed to stay open until 8pm as long as they strictly observe mandatory health guidelines. Photo: Central Group

The further easing of the restrictions announced on Friday were ratified by publication in the Royal Thai Government Gazette yesterday.

As such, the national nationwide nightly curfew is now from 11pm to 4am.

Also, the closure of educational institutions has been eased in order to help orphans and needy children, but the ban on all classes, exams or training sessions strictly remains in force.

The sales of food and drinks are allowed to resume in restaurants, food courts, cafeterias and eateries, excluding pubs and bars and drinking of alcohol, confirmed the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) with their summary of the services and businesses that are now allowed to reopen.

Shopping malls, department stores and community malls can resume operations until 8pm for consumer and service sections, including restaurants and beverage shops (but no drinking of alcohol), beauty salons, hairdressers and manicure/pedicure shops.

Sections that are to remain closed are cinemas, bowling alleys, game arcades, skating rinks, karaoke bars, amusement parks, water parks, zoos, snooker and billiard halls, game shops, fitness centres, health shops, Thai traditional massage, foot massage, tutorial schools, amulet trading shops and convention/meeting facilities.

Tournaments, sale promotions and any activities that draw large crowds are also not allowed.

Also allowed to resume operations are retail and wholesale shops, nurseries and elderly care centres (overnight only), TV and movie productions of not more than 50 people at a time – no spectators, limited meeting services at meeting rooms in hotels or convention centres.

Beauty clinics, cosmetic clinics and manicure shops, both inside and outside shopping malls, department stress or community malls, can resume operations for skin and body care, except facial treatments.

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Fitness centres outside shopping malls, department stories or community malls can resume operations only for yoga or free weight sections. Other exercise equipment, treadmills, cycling machines or group exercises are not allowed.

Indoor sport complexes are allowed to operate for badminton, takraw, table tennis, squash, gymnastic, fencing and rock climbing only with no spectators.

All public swimming pools, botanical gardens, museums, learning centres, historical sites, public libraries and art galleries are allowed to reopen.

Business and venue operators must follow guidance issued by the Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health. Monitoring of businesses will be done randomly, the TAT warned.

“The TAT would like to remind all to continue to adhere to health and safety routines to protect themselves as well as others from the COVID-19 infection. These include keeping social distance, wearing a mask or cloth mask, and frequently washing hands.

“Avoid close contact with other persons, no hugging, especially with vulnerable groups like the elderly, or those who have underlying conditions because it can increase the infection rate and potentially lead to severe disease more easily than in other groups,” the TAT added.

“People can greet via a Wai (Thai greeting) from a distance of 1 or 2 metres. When staying together, people must wear masks, use personal utensils or serving spoons, or eat a la carte servings to protect themselves and loved ones from getting the disease.”

The TAT also cautioned that the easing of the restrictions may be subject to change without notice.

“All information is accurate at the current time but can be changed depending on the situation,” the release explained.

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Rorri_2 | 18 May 2020 - 09:43:12

THorfinger, you almost got it right bUT one big mistake it should read, as stated by WHO, "WHO have stated that we MAY never get rid of this virus," there is a big difference.

charles | 17 May 2020 - 21:33:04

Pools open what about the beaches, we have dive  professionals on the island who could be doing clean up volunteer work just like PhiPhi

ThorFinger | 17 May 2020 - 21:25:22

i just hope that everyone knows regardless of further outbreaks (WHO have stated that we will never get rid of this virus and will have to learn to live with it) we can never go back into a lockdown. It would finish the economy and bankrupt all but the biggest of businesses.
We will have to find the best way of living with the virus and still keep living normally.

ThorFinger | 17 May 2020 - 21:05:05

Yep. well that's worked.
went to jungceylon this morning, the only people in the centre were people going to BigC and the staff of the few shops open.
we opened our shop for the first time ever today. The only person to enter was looking for a job. At least opening until 11pm will allow people longer to look for work, cos not sure how that or any of the other measures are going to help the e...

Edward Reumann | 17 May 2020 - 19:27:34

While my countries' Govenors are still arguing about whether to open or not, Thailand seems to have a handle and (PLAN)on reopening.  A toast to the Thai government,  If alcohol were allowed.  Haha

Capricornball | 17 May 2020 - 15:38:01

And...once again...no mention of beaches.  WTF?  Why ocean activities cannot resum...paddling, SUP, surfing, kayaking???  In most countries, these activities are allowed, and once you are done...you must leave, cannot stay at the beach. Please...open the blasted beach!

jay67 | 17 May 2020 - 13:03:06

I have been stranded in Khao Sok Surrathani ever since Phuket province went into lockdown.
Can you advise me if I am permitted to enter Phuket from Surrathani by car?
Do I need a travel permit or medical clearance?
I have been in self isolation staying in khao Sok for the last 7 weeks.
I have friends and family in phuket and want to return asap.
Thank you in advance for you advice...

LALALA | 17 May 2020 - 09:21:33

Complete BS... so now in gyms all people will occupy the usually very small free weight sections...maybe you have to wear a face-mask though ? Does anybody in the Thai government actually has a brain ? An if yes does he know how to use it ? Hypothetical question..... 


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