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Phuket beaches remain closed: confirmed

Phuket beaches remain closed: confirmed

PHUKET: All Phuket beaches remain closed to any visitors, Bussaya Chaipeum, Chief of the Phuket office of the Provincial Public Relations (PR Phuket), confirmed to The Phuket News today (May 7).

By The Phuket News

Thursday 7 May 2020, 06:30PM

The news follows officials in Bangkok last Thursday announcing that all “recreation areas” were allowed to re-open from May 1. However, that prompted much confusion in Phuket whether or not beaches on the island were considered “recreation areas” in Phuket.

Ms Bussya told The Phuket News today that the ongoing ban on all visitors to any beaches in Phuket was ratified by order of the Phuket Governor that is dated as issued on May 1, and marked as coming into effect on May 3, and publicly posted on the PR Phuket official Facebook page on Monday night (May 4).

The provincial order issued by Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana is a blanket order continuing all bans unless otherwise noted in two annexes attached to the order. Annex 1 is a list of places that are allowed to open. Annex 2 is a list of all places that must remain closed until further notice – and includes “all beaches”. (See below.)

Of note, while the provincial order is marked as created on May 1, it directly refers to and includes a QR code to link to a 126-page compilation of orders dated as issued by the Ministry of Public Health on May 2.

Thai Residential

Regardless, in the order on Monday Governor Phakaphong ratified that the island is to remain under lockdown with all non-essential and unauthorised passage onto and off the island banned until further notice.

Annex 1 of the order, lists the places in Phuket that, unless otherwise ordered, are allowed to reopen in accordance with the Ministry of Health order from Bangkok as follows: 

  • Airport (already ordered closed until May 15), bus terminal, hospitals, restaurants, convenience stores, booths, vendor stalls are allowed to open, but alcohol sales must be take-away only.
  • Parts of shopping malls and community malls are allowed to open only as follows: essential goods departments, pharmacies, telecommunication shops, banks and official offices and kiosks. Restaurants may open but to serve takeaway only.
  • Markets, convenience stores, retail shops are allowed to open, but there must be body temperature checks and controls on customer congestion.
  • Hospitals, clinics, dental clinics and other kinds of medical places are allowed to open. 
  • Golf courses are allowed to open, but must not allow any large gatherings of people. 
  • Outdoor sport centers are allowed to open, but visitors must maintain social distancing.
  • Public parks, activity areas, sports complexes may open outdoor areas, but eating is not allowed in these areas.
  • Barbers and salons are allowed to open, but must not have people waiting inside.
  • Pet shops are allowed to open, but must not have people waiting inside. 

Annex 2 lists the places that must remain closed until further notice as follows: 

  • Boxing stadiums
  • Venues for cock figthing and fish gambling
  • Water parks
  • Zoos
  • Theatres
  • Massage shops
  • All kinds of entertainment venues 
  • All kinds of spa centers
  • Martial art schools 
  • Kids areas, both in department stores and public parks
  • Game and Internet cafes
  • Tattoo shops and fortune-teller booths
  • Amulet booths
  • Snooker centres 
  • Beauty clinics
  • Venues that open for people to do fishing
  • Swimming pools in government-operated areas, hotels or other shared accommodation
  • All beaches
  • Private nurseries (kindergartens)
  • Rental car showrooms
  • All kinds of hotels, except those are being used as field hospitals (or otherwise already specifically allowed to remain open)
  • Tour operation centres
  • All types of schools
  • All kinds of events that create large gatherings of people 
  • Walking street markets, except vendors selling essential goods
  • Construction sites, except official development projects
  • Government offices open for making and renewing ID card and other documents
  • Department of Transport offices and registered driving schools, except for renewing driving licenses, training sessions, car driving training, and booths set up by officials.
  • Department of Land offices, except for performing selected activities

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Kurt | 11 May 2020 - 17:09:58

Today no updates of comments. Why?

vegasbaby | 11 May 2020 - 01:04:47

With fewer tourists you would think there would be less raw sewage flowing into the sea...that's the only part of the beach officials can't seem to close.

Sir Burr | 10 May 2020 - 10:48:23

"all just because of the flu".
Whoops.....your ignorance is showing.

harald | 09 May 2020 - 10:06:38

all just because of the flu

Christy Sweet | 09 May 2020 - 07:51:35

But..who will pick up  all that westerly-wind garbage up that floats all the way over from India ?

Hermann1 | 08 May 2020 - 15:01:03

Why not open the beach half days ? People can wear  a mask while walking. Walking on beach is more healthy than sitting in cramped blue wooden lorrys.

r u sure | 08 May 2020 - 14:10:11

@friend So you can put your concerns directly,I have arranged a meeting for you with the governor tomorrow at 1130 am. Please be at the office reception,  jacket and tie please He is expecting a Mr. Flumduck as I didn't know your real name.

maverick | 08 May 2020 - 13:56:24

Keep them closed until the end of the month humans don’t not know how to respect or look after the beaches or oceans they are getting welcome relief - perhaps before they open adequate waste disposal bins will provided and smoking bans enforced not to mention signs warning dog owners not to let their animals foul the beaches or at least clean up afterwards 

BosysurfNaiHarn | 08 May 2020 - 12:15:02

boo...hissss. locals only, and if charlie don't surf, then go away...you can't tell a stranger aboutrock and roll. those in power do not understand. even So. Cal has opened the beaches for surfing.

Kurt | 08 May 2020 - 11:21:29

The continues closure of Naiharn Beach and Park (!) over there is now just a 'Authority power play'. Let the inhabitants ( tourists are gone !) feel the stick of who are ruling without thinking, just and only for self satisfaction + perhaps another decoration on their  uniform.  Laughable.  Anyway, start to open beaches from Noon till 6 PM, and evaluate that. 

friend | 08 May 2020 - 10:39:32

hiding behind words, closing the beaches makes no sense, especially now with few tourists, it would be enough to ask to wear a mask, social distance, and freedom to swim. I appeal to your good sense to sit around a table and discuss the opening of the beaches immediately, thank you

DeKaaskopp | 08 May 2020 - 10:17:46

Why not just giving it a try. If people can't keep physical distancing, close them again.

peter rawai | 08 May 2020 - 09:52:52

The park on the island in Nai Harn lake is still closed to the public, Why, its not on or part of Nai Harn beach

ThorFinger | 08 May 2020 - 09:24:38

Mirthpro, you are quite correct. Vitamin D is one of the critical things required for us to maintain a robust immune system. 
I guess I could go sunbathing on the side of our main street... but nobody wants to see that. 
With the few remaining people in the island who would use the beach, it would be relatively easy to control safe distancing. 
Fear, drama, i can't make out which is driving...

quinault11 | 08 May 2020 - 09:09:16

closing resturants should contribute much more than closing beach actually.

charles | 07 May 2020 - 21:32:43

so why are we seeing so many construction workers on hotels & condo's 

Dicko | 07 May 2020 - 21:00:44

126-page compilation of orders, officially titled "A Comedy of Errors", sadly not a work of fiction but an excellent example of what can happen when commonsense and rationale thinking is replaced by knee-jerk reactions and the selection of critical policies through the use of coin tosses, playing cards and a dartboard 

ThorFinger | 07 May 2020 - 20:53:48

Well I'm glad that's cleared everything up.....lol.
Somebody had better warn all the poor restaurants that have opened up and doing a fine job of keeping social distancing of the few remaining customers living in Patong.

Paddy | 07 May 2020 - 20:36:15

Complete insanity . This fool is destroying the economy and the island.

mirthpro | 07 May 2020 - 20:19:56

Public parks ok, beaches not? Where is the logic? The healthiest place to be is on the beach - Vitamin D from the sun, negative ions from the sea, both great immune system boosters. And zero evidence that COVID transmits in the water. But oh, we can squeeze through the cramped aisles of corporate-operated stores like 7/11. Anyone still believe the govt. is doing a wonderful job?

Capricornball | 07 May 2020 - 19:02:46

So this foolish order comes from the "do nothing" govn'r that is on his way out.  So he puts beach recreation on the same nonsense threat level as cock fighting, tattoo shops, MMA gyms, and nurseries. This guy has no business making health and sfaety decisions. People still surfing in Kamala, fishermen all over the place, etc. Get rid of this guy NOW and open the beach!


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