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Move to designate Phuket hotels as Alternative Local State Quarantine venues underway

Move to designate Phuket hotels as Alternative Local State Quarantine venues underway

PHUKET: So far 14 hotels in Phuket have applied to be designated as “Alternative Local State Quarantine” (ALSQ) in order to accommodate people allowed to enter the country under the conditions set by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

By The Phuket News

Thursday 23 July 2020, 01:10PM

However, currently only two of the 14 hotels have been inspected and approved by health officials as ready to receive quarantine guests, Phuket Vice Governor Phichet Panaphong explained at a meeting of the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee held at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (July 22).

“The Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villa and Trisara Phuket Villa and Residences have already passed official evaluation. While Sri Panwa Phuket Villas is now being evaluated,” he said.

V/Gov Phichet explained that such visitors will arrive in the country at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, before being allowed to transit to Phuket.

Hotels that want to be designated as an ALSQ must send a formal letter of request directly to the Phuket Governor’s Office, he said.

V/Gov Phichet also ordered Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) officers to research what will be required and to set up a team to ensure all health regulations are adhered to, and that arrivals are transferred directly from the airport to their preferred hotel.

“Visitors can choose where they want to be quarantined for 14 days, but they must pay all costs by themselves,” V/Gov Phichet said.

The idea of setting up a special COVID-19 screening lab at the airport was floated at the meeting, but dismissed as unnecessary as the arrivals will be screened on landing in Bangkok and then placed in 14-day quarantine on arrival in Phuket, said a report of the meeting by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

The move to start approving ALSQ venues follows CCSA Spokesperson Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin announcing yesterday that four categories of foreign nationals will be allowed to enter Thailand, but they must spend 14 days in quarantine and comply with public health measures against COVID-19.

Thai Residential

The four categories include 1) foreigners participating in trade fairs in Thailand, 2) foreign film crew coming for filming in Thailand, 3) foreign workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar for food and construction industries, and 4) foreign visitors for medical and wellness services.

The Ministry of Labour proposed that organisational quarantine be arranged for foreign workers from the three neighboring countries in order to reduce costs for employers and that this group of foreign nationals must undergo standard COVID-19 tests.

Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha urged the people not to be worried about the issue of allowing more foreign nationals to enter Thailand.

Strict public health measures must be implemented. The public will be provided with better understanding about the situation. Accurate information and better understanding would help prevent the spread of fake news and misinformation, PM Prayut said.

Meanwhile, the Labour Ministry has announced that it would handle details for bringing in unskilled workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar to meet the demand for labour.

This included 69,235 workers who already had work permits and visas and wanted to return to work in Thailand. Local employers planned to bring in another 42,168 workers who do not already have work permits or visas. They would be employed in the construction and food production sectors, reported the Bangkok Post.

The companies demanding these workers would have to arrange for "organisational quarantine" at their own premises, where each room could accommodate more than one worker for cost effectiveness. Such quarantine facilities must meet disease control standards and be able to prevent migrant workers from  getting out during quarantine.

Conventional state quarantine, in which a room served only one person, would cost nearly B20,000 per person and that was not wanted by the companies, Dr Taweesin said yesterday.

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Kurt | 26 July 2020 - 00:15:30

@LaLaLa, you'r right, but many Burmese people work as restaurant cook, or in aircon food processing/export firms. It is not construction only, actually what should stop now on Phuket as Government can't keep up with water supply, incinerator capacity, and a environment that cries for cleaning.

LALALA | 25 July 2020 - 13:40:37

Should jobs not be filled by unemployed Thai first?... yes Kurt, it shouldn't, but they simply not have the skills or do not like this kind of hard work, its bit different working on site at 35 degrees than driving an an air conditioned taxi for example.

Kurt | 25 July 2020 - 12:35:22

Construction/food export industry, etc, expect 70,000 foreign workers to return + another 42,100 with a so called 'demand letter' from prospective employers ( BP).
There are 8 million Thai unemployed now ( on a work force of 37-38 million). Should jobs not be filled by unemployed Thai first? Those who have to live a short while on 5000 thb month only, on which you can not feed a family.

Kurt | 25 July 2020 - 12:23:23

( from foreign press) A man flying by TUI airlines from A'dam to dutch Antilles Islands, tested negative before departing from A'dam, was told during the 10 hour flight that he was actually positive Covid-19. Needed 'actions concerning TUI crew, passengers and plane were taken after arrival at the Dutch Antilles.  
International flying seems still to be a health gamble.

Kurt | 25 July 2020 - 05:25:22

Why to bring arriving visitors at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok to virus free Phuket for quarantine? Why risk virus transmissions between Bangkok and Phuket transport? The idea to travel quarantine people through half the country to Q-accommodations is a idiot idea. Keep them in Q in Bangkok.

Little Tommy Tucker | 24 July 2020 - 08:04:55

And do not forget that whilst under quarantine you won't be able to avail yourself of the hotel's facilities, you'll just have the 'privilege' of sitting in your room all day, everyday, for 14 days. What a hoot that'll be.

ericphuket | 23 July 2020 - 15:44:40

Great Burmese workers can stay at Trisara , what a waste of energy is this government generating 

Nasa12 | 23 July 2020 - 13:21:00

Well well 11000 to 21000 Bath for 1 night on this places. 


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