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Nightlife to resume, some foreigners allowed in

Nightlife to resume, some foreigners allowed in

By Bangkok Post

Monday 29 June 2020, 04:47PM

Walking Street in Pattaya is quiet now, but life is expected to return after pubs, bars and other entertainment facilities reopen their doors on Wednesday. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul / Bangkok Post

Walking Street in Pattaya is quiet now, but life is expected to return after pubs, bars and other entertainment facilities reopen their doors on Wednesday. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul / Bangkok Post


All night entertainment venues, including wet massage parlours, will open their doors again on Wednesday and some foreigners will be allowed into the country, but not tourists, as virus lockdown restrictions are further eased.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday gave the greenlight for all remaining entertainment facilities to reopen from Wednesday. They include pubs and bars, karaoke bars, and bath-sauna-massage establishments. Health measures and monitoring will be required.

“It was widely debated,” CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin said after the meeting.

All reopening premises will be required to use the Thai Chana platform, created to alert businesses and customers to any COVID-19 outbreak.

Investors and highly skilled workers from Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore will be allowed entry to the country on condition they enter a self-sponsored quarantine programme at private facilities arranged by the government. Short-term business visitors will be exempt from the requirement.


Foreigners who have family in Thailand, and those who have homes in the kingdom, will also be allowed to return, according to the spokesman.

Allowing in tourists from countries matched up with Thailand through a "travel bubble" did not get the full approval of board members of the CCSA, which is chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said health safety measures still have to be ironed out for Thai tourists going to other countries, and foreign tourists arriving here.

The Disease Control Department and Foreign Ministry were still working on guidelines which were also acceptable to partner countries, which have different health requirements, said Mr Anutin, whose Bhumjaithai Party guides health and tourism policies.

Foreigners coming to Thailand for medical treatment will be permitted in from Wednesday, but they must be accompanied by their partner, and enter quarantine at the hospital they go to.

“Only some medical tourism programmes, not all of them, will be permitted,” Dr Taweesilp said.

The decision to open up more businesses, and some travel, was made after more than a month without any new local infections being recorded in Thailand.

The meeting also agreed to extend use of the emergency decree until the end of July.

Restrictions were earlier lifted on restaurants, schools, malls and many sports activities - with enforcement of social distancing and body temperature checks.  

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Christy Sweet | 04 July 2020 - 13:08:28

The height of sexism to criminalize women's breasts, which are identical to  overweight males' in every way, but due to the current fashion  hyper-sexualizing  women,  only males can enjoy a cool breeze on their chests.  I challenge any ridicules to  try wearing a bra  in this climate and make sure it has 1/2 inch of foam insulation, can't have the provocative nipple showing! 

LALALA | 04 July 2020 - 09:13:20

Hubert K... sorry but I am not that obedient that I follow any rule set up by any government around the world - as long it is not beneficial for myself - especially not if its a rule which has its roots in religion... as Marx once said correctly 'Religion is opium for the people'.

DeKaaskopp | 03 July 2020 - 23:36:36

" I don't drink, but my dinner buddies do,among them Thai.." Yes Kurt,you are right ! Having so many friends like you have -including Thai friends-I would stop eat in restaurants too under those circumstances.And I bet your Thai friends are all against the alcohol ban.Time to stand up for you and  all your friends  to have the right of being served alcohol 365 days a year.

HubertK | 03 July 2020 - 16:54:36

Mr.Lalala/Kurt  Topless is officially not allowed in UAE or Malaysia. Only ignorant people or those who don't care about other countries customs do so.And K,the"Good Friday" was meant as an example that by law you can't party in some European countries (apart from other restrictions on that day)like you can do on any other Friday.Not surprised you didn't understand !

LALALA | 03 July 2020 - 15:02:35

topless yes, same amount as on Nai Harn beach for example at Jumeira Beach in Dubai....nude no, but even for this we have special beaches in Europe.

Kurt | 03 July 2020 - 11:00:22

mr HubertK,Coming at beaches in Malaysia ( east-, west coast,and Indonesia's Lake Toba and Nias, deep religious) , there are no beach dressing codes. And I learned here, also not in UAE.  Oh, and no need to call people names, mr HubertK. I don't drink, but my dinner buddies do, among them Thai, feel the same about the ban and we not eat out during ban days.  Sorry for the restaurants.

Kurt | 03 July 2020 - 10:34:31

Mt HubertK, wearing a bikini is not 'topless' or 'nude'. Funny 'bikini' question. And, Where at Thai beaches you can be topless or nude?  Oh, I still look forward for your explanation about your 'Good Friday' example remark. ( 30 June).

HubertK | 02 July 2020 - 16:11:02

@LALALA      Topless ?  Nude  ?

LALALA | 02 July 2020 - 15:27:18

HubertK..The UAE is a muslim country, isnt it ? Malaysia is a muslim country, isnt it ? I saw many girls in sexy bikinis there on the beach, so what are you talking about ? 

HubertK | 02 July 2020 - 11:22:58

Yes Mr.Kurt,you are not obliged to fast in "Muslim countries".But you are obliged to some dress codes on the beach for example.Are you questioning those too ? And why you can't eating in restaurants now.You wrote in a former comment that you would not drink alcohol !Your nose is growing longer and longer with every comment,Mr.Pinocchio !

Kurt | 01 July 2020 - 15:15:04

Mr.HubertK, I know about good Friday, the Friday prior Easter.  What about Good Friday? I believe State- and Religious affairs should be separated. A Religion is a private matter, to respect, but not something to be forced to follow. You also not obligated to fasten in Muslim countries, right? Well, my 'acceptance' lays in not eating out these 2 days. Sorry for now desperate restaurants.

HubertK | 30 June 2020 - 11:19:14

Mr.Kurt, every country has his customs/restrictions. One example would be "Good Friday" in many European countries. Do you need to question every restriction based on religious believes ? If this is to much for you to accept,you should really look for a country where you are free as a bird and allowed to do whatever and whenever you feel to do so.Your selfishness is astonishing.

Kurt | 30 June 2020 - 09:52:12

@HubertK. Not buying/drinking alcohol because religious believe must come from persons heart. Not dictated from 'above'. That has no spiritual value. Besides, it is a useless thing ( people stock in advance) with negative effects on now suffering restaurants/bars/pubs in this Covid19 time frame. Only the Pop & Mom shops gain of it. They sell. And, ban is not widely accepted by Thai any...

HubertK | 30 June 2020 - 09:14:31

An alcohol ban widely accepted by Thais ! But a certain foreign old grumpy comes up goose stepping moaning about it. Not once but every time when there is a ban on alcohol related to a special Buddhist day.Must be very hard to accustom to it.

Kurt | 29 June 2020 - 21:29:16

A loong weekend is coming for Pattaya. But the weekend alcohol ban will flatten/spoil the pubs, bars, restaurants income. Where there already not enough alcohol ban days to substitute the coming weekend?

LALALA | 29 June 2020 - 18:40:58

sososo... extending the emergency degree.... as stated previously... authoritarian rules by an authoritarian regime in a 3rd world country.


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