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Phuket Lockdown ‘shall end on Apr 30’

Phuket Lockdown ‘shall end on Apr 30’

PHUKET: The Phuket Governor has extended all lockdown orders to Apr 30. The previous orders were set to expire on Apr 26.

Saturday 18 April 2020, 10:28AM

Image: NBT / as posted by PR Dept

Image: NBT / as posted by PR Dept

The “Phuket Lockdown” was extended through a handful of orders dated as issued on Wednesday (Apr 15), and marked as in effect from Wednesday, but were only publicly posted after 8:30pm last night. (See here.)

The only explanation given for extending the lockdown was to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

However, in its summary of the orders, the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department noted: “All orders of Phuket Province shall end on 30 April 2020”.

The orders made special note that the health regulations in force to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 also apply to all boats, and that all boats except commercial fishing boats, traditional fishing boats, rescue boats, nursing vessels and government vessels are prohibited from the harbor and coast within Phuket.

For those boats that are allowed to put to sea, the orders noted, “When leaving the port or coast at any place, notification must be made to enter the port or coast at the place of departure and the operators and the owners of the boats are to be strict in [enforcing] the epidemic prevention measures.”

“All the boat officials must wear face masks and maintain a space of not less than 1.5 metres [from other people] and [must] strictly follow the procedures Measures of the Ministry of Public Health and Communicable Disease Committees.”

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The special reminder for boat captains and crews, which only repeat the health regulations for everyone initially laid down weeks ago, came as Vice Admiral Cherngchai Chomcherngpat of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command yesterday (Apr 17) announced that Phuket’s fishing fleet was free from any COVID-19 infection as he led inspections of fishing crews as part of the efforts to help prevent the spread of virus. (See story here.)

However, as the orders are dated as issued Wednesday, despite being publicly proclaimed only last night, they were technically issued before the Vice Admiral Cherngchai made his claim.

Also given special mention in the latest orders is that all private kindergartens and nurseries must remain closed, and that construction is still allowed to continue, but contractors must only use the construction materials that are already on site. Construction operators are not allowed to move new materials to their worksites.

As is standard, the orders reminded all persons that violating any of the health regulations and restrictions issued under the Emergency Decree would be a breach of Section 52 of the Communicable Disease Act 2015, which can incur a penalty of up to one year in prison or a fine of up to B100,000, or both.

Violating the orders may also be punished under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree, which may incur a penalty of up to two years in prison or a fine of up to B40,000, or both, the orders noted.

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Newuser66 | 28 April 2020 - 11:24:59

Anyone no for sure if Patong lockdown ends tomorrow the 30th April ?

Newuser66 | 28 April 2020 - 11:23:40

I read lockdown extension for another month for Patong is this true ?

Sandbar | 20 April 2020 - 22:00:58

Alcatraz was an Island as well and people managed to escape from there. Just be on the look out for people buying bulk rain coats, needles and threads and standing on the foreshore late at night!

Kurt | 20 April 2020 - 13:02:19

nbarcroftr, Yup, the lock down is working. In areas were are no longer Covid-19 cases can sub districts now combine, giving people more space and work possibilities again. Alcohol ban? Nothing proves that contributes significant. It is just a Officials hobby to show power over people.

Christy Sweet | 19 April 2020 - 20:20:08

Kurt, It's never going to be over. What a privilege to witness the disintegration of the patriarchy.  You go,  Gaia !!

Christy Sweet | 19 April 2020 - 20:01:14

Does not take a lot to figure out the origin of the Bang-  Tao cluster- now that  Cherng-Telay  is cut in half. Stop religious congregating, please. 

Christy Sweet | 19 April 2020 - 19:55:21

"No can go to the Ban Don Tesco Express. [stands 
 50 cm away, breathes  through the .05 filtration mask]   You must go to Cherng Telay Tesco.." 10 minutes later .. " NO you cannot pass 100 meters to the Cherng-Telay  Tesco. 'Whitey'  must shop at Villa Market.  5 minutes later-  Villa Market 170 Baht for 1 kilo of oranges.  I call that  systemic price gouging.  

maverick | 19 April 2020 - 15:34:50

Phuket and Koh Samui are uniquely positioned as Islands to seal themselves off until there is a vaccine - no inbound tourism and no domestic travel in or out - we are entering low season anyway revisit in November 

LALALA | 19 April 2020 - 14:00:12

All this panic is useless. Corona viruses have been always there, this is a new strain which will appear and disappear in connection with the seasonal flue until a kid of herd immunity is established. I recommend to check out Wolfgang Wodarg at You-tube, very interesting... available in German and English language....I only say EUROPEAN BATS

Kurt | 19 April 2020 - 10:19:07

International virologists expect more waves of Covid-19 later this- and next year. For now low risks Tambons could be combined to larger lock down districts. A HomePro can reopen with a restricted number of visitors at times. People need to buy house necessities, etc. Just keep a secured look on coming 1 month 'Ramadan celebration Tambons' if there is no social distance practising.

maverick | 18 April 2020 - 17:11:59

Last time I checked we were an Island - airport is closed bridge is closed nobody in or out for more than 2 weeks how much longer do you suggest house arrest continues for Papa Paul ? 

Papa paul | 18 April 2020 - 16:48:51

I have no medical experience and i am keen to get back to normal. However i think the 30th is a little premature to lifting the lockdown. The repercussion of lifting it too soon may be disastrous in the long run . For the sake of a coulpe of weeks extra i would not take the risk. Lets see what the Patong professional do..

maverick | 18 April 2020 - 15:28:49

Construction industry will be in huge demand soon - to rebuild tourism 

CaptainJack69 | 18 April 2020 - 11:43:15

Yup, god bless the construction industry. Courageously flaunting everyone elses' health, safety and financial well-being and putting their own people in harms way for... for... well, for private profit that damages Phuket's environment and reputation. Keep it up!.

nbarcroftr | 18 April 2020 - 11:12:41

Great news ..... Only 1 new case in 3 days. The lockdown and alcohol ban are working. 


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