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Phuket beaches open

PHUKET: Hundreds, if not thousands, of people returned to the beaches along Phuket’s west coast today (June 9) as the renowned natural attractions became open to visitors again under a provincial order issued over the weekend.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 9 June 2020, 03:21PM

Patong Municipality workers removed the ‘Beach Closed’ signs at Patong Beach as Phuket Vice Governor Supoj Rotreuang Na Nongkhai joined Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup and Patong Police Chief Col Aganit Danpitaksat at a public event at 9:30am with dozens of officers walking onto the sand to declare the famous beach open.

At the same time, more than 100 tourists and local residents arrived at Nai Harn Beach to enjoy the popular sands at the southern end of the island, as well as at other popular beaches along the west coast.

“Today is the first day that the beaches reopen. Thank you to everyone who has been patient and stood strong together,” Vice Governor Supoj said at the event in Patong.

“The impact from COVID-19 has already caused more damage to the economy than the tsunami [in 2004],” he added.

“Even though Phuket International Airport remains closed, there are still about 5,000 tourists in Phuket. Hotels are already allowed to reopen, when they are ready to serve tourists. Now most of them are renovating to be ready for ‘new normal’ health regulations,” V/Gov Supoj said.

People at the beaches must maintain the social distance rule of keeping one to two metres from other people, V/Gov stressed.

“Also, all vendors must follow the safety measures. Then I am sure that tourists will be confident in their health and their safety in Phuket province,” he said. 

Patong Mayor Chalermluck said, “Patong beach is ready for tourists but we still need them to protect themselves.”

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She added, “Patong vendors will fully support following the safety rules. “For example, all vendors must keep clean everything that tourists touch.”

Patong Municipality yesterday issued a four-page order of the rules that all beach vendors must follow.

Mayor Chlermluck said that she was working towards achieving much more than mere compliance from beach vendors, and was looking toward “greater improvements’ in the services provided at the beach. However, she declined to offer more details, saying that more information on that project would be available later.

Meanwhile, Patong Police Chief Col Aganit reminded beach-goers to be careful of their behaviour on the beach at nighttime.

“Don’t forget that the curfew is still active [from 11pm to 3am]. Sleeping on the beach is not allowed, and do not hold any parties on the beach, especially while the curfew is still in effect,” he said.

“Spend time together at the beach with family and close friends only. That’s enough,” he added.

According to the order issued by Phuket Govenor Phakaphong Tavipatana poasted publicly on Sunday (June 7), the beaches are allowed to reopen under the following conditions:

  1. All touch surfaces should be cleaned before operations, waste disposal must be conducted every day.
  2. All people on the beach, including visitors, business operators, municipal workers etc, must wear protective masks at all times.
  3. All people must clean their hands with soap and water or alcohol sanitiser before entering and exiting the area.
  4. All people must maintain social distancing of at least one to two metres from other people 
  5. Number of people on the beach should be controlled to prevent crowding. Operating hours can be restricted if this is needed to keep social distancing.

In its own notice announcing six rules for visiting the beach, the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) also called for:

  1. All people are to observe their own health. Any persons with a fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, difficulty breathing are urged not to visit the beach, but instead to go to see a doctor immediately.
  2. All people visiting the beach must wear face masks at all times while in the beach area
  3. All people are to wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol gel before entering and exiting the area.
  4. All people are to keep at least one to two metres from other people – on the ground [beach] and in the water, and try  not to shout to each other while in the water.
  5. Risk groups of people including the elderly and people with breathing conditions are urged to avoid being on the beach when there are many people.
  6. All people are to strictly follow all rules for being in the area.

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Kurt | 11 June 2020 - 11:46:18

@LALALA,  The last thing Phuket needs is RTP at the beaches to check tourists, except for checking or the beaches are clean and'sterile' to welcome beach guests. There are Governor and PPHO rules about cleanness and 'sterile' beaches to check by RTP . Not the so much harness regimental the tourists.. Perhaps TAT can start a campaign of RTP workshops in tourist areas about it? 

Kurt | 11 June 2020 - 11:26:38

@ Pascale, have you forgotten the several times you 'played Sheriff' on several comments here regarding your book of laws?  We all are familiar with your many times dropped phrase ..The law is the Law...when we questioned thai law articles.  But of course you can say: 'Forget it, no need to hold me to that'.  :-)

Pascale | 10 June 2020 - 15:20:59

@ Kurt!  Yes Kurt,the law is the law.Here and everywhere ! But that doesn't mean you have to play Sheriff . If you think they do wrong,you know at what police station to complain. Btw,If K. isn't  H. but writes like K.,and if H.is D. actually,maybe K. could be H. and D.  "Trio Infernal" 

LALALA | 10 June 2020 - 13:49:39

Just heard from some friends that RTP is checking at Nai Harn Beach if every beach goer wears a face-mask... ridiculous. I think the beach will be empty gain soon.
Luckily I have a huge private pool so I can avoid this BS. 

Kurt | 10 June 2020 - 10:06:04

Lovely, 5 conditions from Governor, + 6 conditions of PPHO + a 4 page order for vendors. Now in full confidence to the beaches, they are very 'regimental safe', as long we not shout to each other while in the water.

Kurt | 10 June 2020 - 09:42:04

@Pascale, Wasn't not you who previously told us here to understand that the law is the law? Do you take distance now of your own sayings?

Kurt | 10 June 2020 - 09:07:39

@ DeK.  Once again I am not Hermann!!!  How many more times do I have to tell you?----------------?  Don't make me start to think that you are Hermann1 in order to 'damage' me.  That would show a sick mind.

Christy Sweet | 10 June 2020 - 08:27:15

One is expected to wear a mask in the water ?  These sorts of absurd, unenforceable rules are why people are comfortable  ignoring the more sensible regulations.

DeKaaskopp | 10 June 2020 - 00:25:44

@Pascale  Please try to understand Kurt/Hermann1.  Think about all the dangers arising from those beach vendors. Health concerned foreigners don't want to buy anything from them. Please Pascale,just look at the pictures provided of the very few tourists and the hordes of vendors.And last but not least:  The Law !The law is the law and K/H1 knows everything about it.

ThorFinger | 09 June 2020 - 21:51:28

1. I wish they would look at the ACTUAL symptoms of Covid19. 
2. Went past Patong beach 4 times today. Max 12 people at any time. 
3. Again,  correct me if I'm wrong,  but more Thai people suffered from covid19 than tourists, so why wipe everything after we touch things?
4. As the virus is now dead, why are we still wearing masks outside when nobody is sick and there is nothing to transmit?...

Fascinated | 09 June 2020 - 19:22:02

I would suggest your mathematician is also working for TAT. I counted approximately 30 people on Kamala beach this afternoon. Of them probably 90% were not wearing masks. This seems to be occuring more and more though- it is noticeable that less people are wearing masks when in public

Pascale | 09 June 2020 - 17:28:45

@Kurt  Why are you concerned about a few beach vendors trying to earn a few baht ? Running around complaining with your book of laws again ? Are you even going to the beach ? 

LALALA | 09 June 2020 - 16:04:14

This are the most idiotic rules I ever seen, but hey, Phuket officials had another ceremony to attend.

Kurt | 09 June 2020 - 15:56:45

In the conditions I miss the Beach Vendors rules.  Is beach Thai vendoring not already many years illegal since 2014? Or is this a easy forget about that? Illogical. Start to focus on them, not on the few foreign swimmers.


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