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Phuket officials re-release COVID measures order in English

Phuket officials re-release COVID measures order in English

PHUKET: Following a meeting with consuls representing at least 14 countries yesterday, the Phuket Provincial Government today (Apr 28) re-posted online the English-language version of the original order implementing the COVID prevention measures that are to remain in effect until at least Friday (Apr 30).

Wednesday 28 April 2021, 05:42PM

The order re-posted in English today was the original order issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew on Apr 20 and is the first ‒ and only ‒ order issued in Phuket in English during the current outbreak.

The order in English language was originally posted online by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department on Apr 22.

The Phuket News posted its report online on Apr 21.

The order is dated as in effect from Apr 22 through Apr 30.

The dating of such COVID-prevention-measure orders has become standard practice as they can be quickly and easily extended with another fresh “blanket order” extending the previous order issued.

However, The Phuket News notes that several key policies have been implemented since the original order was issued on Apr 20.

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Most important among them for Phuket residents is that Phuket people who leave the province and return now face having to undergo a rapid antigen test to return home if they are unable to prove they are fully vaccinated or present a COVID-free certificate issued within 72 hours of arriving.

The order re-published in English today recognises only 17 red zone provinces that this requirement was originally applied to.

However, Phuket was originally designated a “red zone” province along with the 17 other red zone provinces by the Centre of COVID Situation Administration (CCSA) in Bangkok.

Further, Phuket officials have since added Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Surat Thani and Narathiwat  to the list of “red zone provinces” that the rapid test requirement applies to.

Also yet to come into effect is an order mandating the closure of all bridges onto and off Phuket ‒ there are three of them ‒ from 11pm to 5am each night.

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Kurt | 29 April 2021 - 10:59:24

At least a start to understand that many expats/retirees not read thai. Now next a english version of the enroll Covid-19 vaccination paper. So far that is in Thai only, blocking ( with purpose?) foreigners to join the vaccination scheme on Phuket. A province which lifeline is foreign presence, expats, retirees, tourists, should show appreciation 'we' are here. Not discriminate.

Jolly Boy | 29 April 2021 - 09:19:46

Good to see the order is now in English.  I have been proven wrong and in the past few days have witnessed many foreigners in Phuket not wearing masks and some on bikes not wearing helmuts or shirts as well which I find disrespectful.  I hope these people are spotted by the authorities and sanctioned.

Fascinated | 28 April 2021 - 22:50:09

The problem is that some of us residents CAN'T get vaccinated at the moment.


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