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Phuket COVID restrictions extended

PHUKET: Schools are to remain closed and the ban on restaurants serving alcohol or allowing alcohol to be consumed on the premises remains in place after a new order was issued yesterday extending the COVID restrictions in effect across Phuket.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 30 August 2021, 11:48AM


The order, No 4978/2564 issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew yesterday (Aug 29), is to come into effect on Wednesday (Sept 1) and is to remain in effect until at least Sept 14.

Under the order, all educational institutions on the island are ordered to remain closed except for those conducting “pilot teaching” and studying in private schools under the project “Phuket Safety School Sandbox” in accordance with current disease control measures and only with approval from the Phuket Provincial Disease Control Committee.

The order gave no explanation of the “Phuket Safety School Sandbox” project.

Non-formal education classes of less than five participants may also continue, but all other classes are to be conducted online.

Meanwhile, all pubs, bars and other “entertainment” venues are to remain closed, as are all venues for cockfighting, fish fighting, bird races, chicken races and gambling venues as well as boxing stadiums, venues for snooker, billiards or any other pool table establishment.

Computer game shops and internet cafes are also to remain closed.

However, now removed from the list of venues that must remain closed are swimming pools for public use operated by government offices or private entities are allowed to open, as well as boxing schools and all kinds of martial arts schools, including Woosoo, Karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, International Boxing, Judo, Aikido training centres. (See previous order here.)

Restaurants and other food and beverage outlets may open for their usual hours, but the ban on serving, selling or allowing alcohol to be consumed on site remains in effect. 

Fresh markets and walking street markets must limit the number of customers at the market, and maintain social distancing of four square metres per person.

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The order also increases the maximum number of people allowed to gather at an approved event from 50 people to 100 people. Events or activities held by officials are exempted.

“People should refrain from organising social events in the form of parties, banquets or festivities during this time unless it is a traditional ceremony such as a funeral, ordination or wedding. If the activity cannot be postponed, then it is to be held in accordance with all COVID protection measures,” the order notes.

Convenience stores are allowed to operate only between 4am and 11pm.

Sports fields or places for outdoor exercise, parks, courtyards, open-air public activity areas may still remain open until 9pm and are allowed to host competitions with a limited number of visitors.

Places or indoor exercise such as courts, gyms, fitness, yoga, aerobics, exercise classes, badminton may remain open until 9pm, with the number of users limited according to the size of the area.

Such indoor excerise venues without air conditioning must have open space and good ventilation, and must limit the number of service users to use no more than 75% of the area. Air-conditioned rooms at such venues must not use more than 50% of the area and service providers and users must be fully vaccinated and follow the  D-M-H-T-T-A disease prevention and control measures.

All government offices and workplaces are to arrange for staff to work from home where appropriate.

Government officers are prohibited from leaving the province unless it is for urgent business and may do so only with written approval from superior officers.

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Foot | 31 August 2021 - 14:31:46

Here is a solution to many of Thailand's problems.  Only provide Sinovac vaccine to any government, military, or police individual and their families.  Should eliminate 49% of problems within 3 months.

Taswegian | 31 August 2021 - 12:52:16

We should all be grateful to lelecuneo! 

Kurt | 31 August 2021 - 10:06:06

@Charles, Alcohol ban! It all started in 2015 when Gen Prayut invented/installed alcohol ban days. And since than, in their herd thinking, many Officials like to please him by following without valid reasoning. See it just as obedience training of people. Is a way to check regular how much power/ carrying capacity Officialdom still has among population.

skip | 31 August 2021 - 07:30:56

not one promise kept of covid restrictions being lifted for those who have been vexxinated. They have complied because they want the restrictions to end..Because they have complied the restrictions wont end.. Whatever is in the vexxine is causing the positives among the vexxinated and the unvexxinated. It was all clear before the vexxines started. Dont shoot the messenger !!

charles | 30 August 2021 - 21:48:47

so still no alcohol, i don't need to gt a drink every day but would be nice to enjoy a drink with a meal, so guess im still not going to be availing myself of eating out as much. Pretty sure most tourists will not be heading to Phuket now any time soon with so much BS 

scubanicks | 30 August 2021 - 14:24:47

Divide and conquer - :(

The order also increases the maximum number of people allowed to gather at an approved event from 50 people to 100 people. Events or activities held by officials are exempted.

“People should refrain from organising social events in the form of parties, banquets or festivities during this time unless it is a traditional ceremony such as a funeral, ordination or weddi

CaptainJack69 | 30 August 2021 - 13:26:31

'The order gave no explanation of the “Phuket Safety School Sandbox” project...'

LOL. Make a thing up and talk about it as if it was always a thing. People will naturally believe you because you are... a Thai politician?

r u sure | 30 August 2021 - 12:51:55

"Restaurants and other food and beverage outlets may open for their usual hours". Not clarified if they still have to close at 9pm

maverick | 30 August 2021 - 12:44:56

That should keep at least one of the PN forum contributors busy checking where alcohol is being served, I suspect it will keep him quite busy, people are getting fed up with this nonsense now. Got our second jabs this morning, Patong Hospital very efficient and nice certificate - maybe use the certificates to allow jabbed people to get a beer. Might help some bars to survive.

JohnC | 30 August 2021 - 12:35:04

Come to try Phuket's sandbox tourism scheme. Guaranteed no fun for anyone because everything worth doing is closed including nightlife. Any takers?

Kurt | 30 August 2021 - 12:32:19

"Events or activities held by officials are exempted" . Are Covid-19 Delta + 4 variants informed about that? For the most simple matters we see rows of officials at long tables in large conference rooms. Long live the nonsense large groups bureaucratic meetings. Most can be done SMART on line.

 

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