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Patong blockade: No face mask, no entry

Patong blockade: No face mask, no entry

PHUKET: Police have set up checkpoints on the three main roads into Patong to ensure that all people driving into Patong are wearing face masks – or they will be refused entry to the town.

By Chutharat Plerin

Friday 3 April 2020, 01:28PM

No face mask, no entry to Patong. Photo: Patong Municipality

No face mask, no entry to Patong. Photo: Patong Municipality

Likewise, all people leaving Patong must also wear face masks.

The checkpoints were set up at the request of Patong Mayor Chalermluk Kebsup, who explained that all passengers in cars and on motorbikes must also wear face masks in order for the vehicle to be let through.

The checkpoints came into effect at 10am, Mayor Chalermluck explained.


While the checkpoint at the northern end of Patong has been set up on the Patong-Kamala Rd and the checkpoint at the southern end of the town has been set up on Sirirat Rd (the Patong-Karon Rd), the checkpoint on the road from Kathu to Patong has been set up in front of the Kathu Police Station, on the east side of Patong Hill.

The checkpoints are the latest move by Mayor Chalermluck to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Patong, which is now the identified location of more than half of all confirmed cases in Phuket as reported by Phuket health officials.

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Jor12 | 08 April 2020 - 07:07:23

k...its'really clear and lucid what dek is writing, there is no nonsense about it, whereas I don't know what a  splitted togue" is, I have never heard of that.

DeKaaskopp | 07 April 2020 - 21:53:21

"Be a man /Don't talk with splitted tongue/have some self respect"  Oh dear, wondering how much "Jagertea" one needs to write such nonsense.

Jor12 | 07 April 2020 - 18:12:44

Why have a comments section? Most of the comments are either defamatory; factually incorrect; childish or showcase their ignorance and lack of basic intellect. 

Kurt | 07 April 2020 - 16:49:13

@DeK, yes, you wrote 'someone', indeed. Stop you insinuating nonsense. Mr Nasa writes comments, not his wife who works for the Government. Be a man, and say clearly who do you mean by writing 'someone'.
Don't talk with 'splitted tongue'. Have some self respect.

Fascinated | 07 April 2020 - 13:27:53

Caution: Resident 'expurts' hard at work. Step away from the internet and breathe (whilst wearing a mask) people. the devil makes work for idle hands.

DeKaaskopp | 07 April 2020 - 12:29:15

K,it's the second time on the same article you fail to read/understand what I wrote. Where did I say Nasa works for the government? I said "someone " should change the job.Most people understand who was addressed by saying so. Your daily "High Tea" seems to be a "Jagertea"

Kurt | 07 April 2020 - 10:28:18

@Dek,  It is not mr Nasa who works for the government. And his critics are not dismissive. Government workers are to serve the people. People are entitled to come up with critics when that 'serving' is not adequate or wrong. That is how a democracy works. Have a nice day.

Christy Sweet | 07 April 2020 - 09:28:37

 Do not let masks, and some of what is being sold is next to useless- make you feel safe. Stay 2 meters away from people, and do  not engage in conversation. Stores have got to train staff and instruct customers to minimize touching of merchandise. 

DeKaaskopp | 06 April 2020 - 22:08:40

@Nasa  Wasn't a lousy question at all.A question everyone with a common sense would have asked. Btw,working for the government in Patong ? You mean the government you always like to talk dismissive about ? Hmmhh, maybe someone should change the job. 

Nasa12 | 06 April 2020 - 18:32:57

@DKK, For your information the reason I drive a CAR in Patong is because my wife works in the government there.  Hope you got the answer to your lousy question Mr DKK. 

Sipods | 05 April 2020 - 19:34:14

Who proofreads? Diving into Patong?  [Fixed - thank you - Ed]

dennisgill67 | 04 April 2020 - 17:10:34

Considering the size of the island it would not take much to infect the older population, let's all keep safe.

Christy Sweet | 04 April 2020 - 13:47:33

Not wearing a helmet is a choice. Breathing is not. Stay home. Wear a mask on essential errands only. One person. Do not touch stuff. Easy  Wait 2 months  Do it again in about 5 years,  then 2,  then every year until SARS ( and this is SARS) will have performed its function as the planet's immune  reaction from human destruction and killed us all.  

DeKaaskopp | 04 April 2020 - 13:32:46

@Kurt,try to think a bit.The comment was directed personally at Nasa why he would drive three times through Patong.He's definitely not a taxi driver,food delivery boy or did drive an ambulance.Jeez !

Kurt | 04 April 2020 - 12:28:11

@DeK, try to think a bit.  Driving taxi, minivan, food delivery truck, ambulance, and more 'driving options' to think about.  :-)

DeKaaskopp | 04 April 2020 - 09:13:50

@Nasa. What kinda person drives through Patong three times in one day in times likes this ?

HubertK | 03 April 2020 - 21:46:17

Another shirtless idiot on two wheels !

Nasa12 | 03 April 2020 - 18:45:34

@alf, they sell in every(pharmacy) in Rawai 150 bath for 1 mask 

Dicko | 03 April 2020 - 18:12:43

Thousands have died in Thailand from motorcycle accidents, majority because they weren't wearing helmets, since the Covid-19 pandemic started. So far only 19 people have died from the Coronavirus. Yet it is perfectly ok to ride without a motorcycle helmet as long as you are wearing a face mask. Seriously there are so many screws loose in this country's administration.. 

alf | 03 April 2020 - 17:12:10

But for this you have to be able to buy masks. I don't know about other places, but here in Kathu, I am just unable to find one anymore.

Fascinated | 03 April 2020 - 14:07:36

What is the point of a person IN a vehicle wearing a mask? Yet another ill-conceived knee-jerk reaction.  Motorbikes- yes (it may even slow down the arrogant afro-thugs who are still racing around the island) but an enclosed vehicle?

Nasa12 | 03 April 2020 - 13:59:13

Well well a be in patong 3 times today whit car, and no police or blocked any where in Patong.


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