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Phuket Governor responds to Patong hotel closed, Songkran COVID rules flouted

Phuket Governor responds to Patong hotel closed, Songkran COVID rules flouted

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew this morning (Apr 18) trod carefully in responding to the news of a well-known Patong hotel being ordered closed for flouting COVID-19 prevention rules during the Songkran holidays, and the mass water fights on Bangla Rd during Songkran, resulting in five officers from Patong Police Station being transferred pending further investigation.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 18 April 2022, 01:22PM


Governor Narong said that the public and business operators had been well informed of the need to follow the COVID-prevention rules during the Songkran holidays to prevent the spread of infections.

Phuket Provincial Police in concert this morning posted a notice repeating the official public notices issued on Apr 2 and on Apr 4 warning all people and business operators to follow the mandated COVID-19 protocols.

“As for the incident, it is understandable that most of the tourists who travelled to Phuket wanted to enjoy themselves. They wanted to have fun, while the business operators have struggled for the past two years,” Governor Narong said.

“Overall, according to the TAT’s assessment, a lot of tourists have been coming in, averaging 15,000 people per day, spending more than B3 billion. The number of hotel stays has been high,” he said.

“The guidelines for practice of supervision in ensuring in accordance with the law, government agencies must take care of each other. The last Songkran festival, for example, in the matter of splashing water, the administrative and police departments were in control. 

However, he added, regarding this year’s Songkran celebrations, “In the beginning there was a violation, which was the result of the fact that everyone wanted to engage in water for Songkran water, especially foreigners.

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“So we have to understand each other,” Governor Narong said.

“With regard to hotels in Patong area that violated the law, there are legal proceedings which are expected to be filed in court today,” he said.

Phuket Provincial Police this morning issued yet another notice amid the public relations blitz to defend the lack of action taken by local authorities to enforce COVID-prevention rules on only certain operators.

The notice issued this morning appeared to defend the Patong Bay Hill hotel, at the epicentre of the media storm for flouting COVID rules. The police notice pointed out that the hotel has a "No Camera" sign posted at its entrance.

Action against the hotel was taken only after a video proving the breach of COVID-19 rules by the hotel was posted online.

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Kurt | 20 April 2022 - 00:10:37

Phuket Provincial Police with her 'notice amid public', conforming lack of law action against CERTAIN hotels, hiding behind saying there was a 'No camera' sign, is perfectly showing it walks at the hands of long arm reaching Patong PEBA Republic. Almost a bribe receiving admitting behavior. What a dumb jokers, camera sign , pfff! Poor hotels who follow the law respectfully.

Kurt | 19 April 2022 - 10:57:59

Phuket Governor, head shaven. Is that a unspoken show of solidarity with the "Big Five", Patong RTP, who are dismissed/removed from their Patong RTP station for 'lack of duty performance' in PEBA republic Patong?

JohnC | 19 April 2022 - 09:45:16

They just can't help themselves throwing in some more untrue TAT figures to try and justify the sickening behaviour by so-called 'people we are supposed to look up to and respect.'  What a joke!

Fascinated | 18 April 2022 - 19:19:28

The 'scion' is well protected' It will all be a misunderstanding. The silence is telling given he is normally so vocal. I guess the person who took the video will be prosecuted, this being Thailand!

CaptainJack69 | 18 April 2022 - 17:57:54

15,000 daily arrivals? The AOT is reporting 3,000 at the airport, so there's what, 12,000 tourists driving onto Phuket or arriving by boat every day? Hmm. I smell fishy stats from our ever reliable gov.

Kakka2 | 18 April 2022 - 16:20:22

555 the governor trying to be soft on his good frined Prab.. by the way at the entrance of it, down the hill there is a big red sign also that says in THai: private property... and that how they have deviated the police to going up that road... all this is becoming a comic show and those politicant are now telling us Mr Bean sort of excuses...5555 PN off course wont dare expose 

Capricornball | 18 April 2022 - 15:21:48

Classic response from the top cop, stating that the hotel has a "no camera" policy so they won't be caught breaking laws that all other establishments have to obey. The Governor and top cop should have just said they were told by the rulers of Patong that their hotel was special and to just leave them alone. Oh please PN, tell us where the new DSI crew weighs in on this lawless fiasc...

Nasa12 | 18 April 2022 - 14:56:02

Patong Bay Hill Hotel, are only a scamming for timeshare for many years, and off course it’s illegal building everything in this mountain. 

 

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