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Phuket quarantine guests allowed to roam hotel areas

Phuket quarantine guests allowed to roam hotel areas

PHUKET: People arriving in Phuket placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine are allowed to roam the hotel where they are staying, and are not confined to their room, the Phuket health chief has confirmed.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 13 January 2021, 12:57PM

Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panaphong at the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Jan 12). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panaphong at the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Jan 12). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

However, there will be harsh penalties for any people under quarantine found outside their hotel area, Dr Thanit Sermkaew, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO), told The Phuket News today (Jan 13).

Under the provincial order issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew last Saturday (Jan 9), all people arriving in Phuket from the ‘highest-risk’ provinces must quarantine for 14 days at an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel or other appropriate venue after arriving in Phuket.

The only exception are those who are exiting a 14-day quarantine in Bangkok after testing negative for the virus. All such people must travel directly to Phuket immediately after being released from quarantine in Bangkok.

Under the provincial order, all people arriving from Samut Sakhon, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi or Trat must be quarantined for 14 days at an ASQ after arriving Phuket and must undergo swab tests.

People arriving from the provinces of Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi or Nakhon Pathom, from Nong Khaem District, Bang Phlat District, Bang Khae District, Bang Khun or Thian District in Bangkok, must also observe a 14-day quarantine after arriving in Phuket.

Phuket residents returning home from a ’red zone’ area may serve their quarantine at home, but must not leave their property for the quarantine period.

For people observing their quarantine at an ASQ, Dr Thanit said, “It would be great if visitors from the ’red zone’ areas stay in their hotels [or homes], so we are asking for their cooperation. They do not need to stay only in their room. They are able to do activities within the hotel, such as having meals, swimming, yoga and other activities.

"Please do not go outside the hotel. That would be a good preventative measure in Phuket province," he added.

Dr Thanit pointed out that there are harsh penalties for people caught breaking the COVID-19 requirements, which includes being caught outside the quarantine area while still under quarantine.

Failure to comply with the COVID-19 order issued last Saturday may be punished under Section 51 of Disease Control Act 2015, which incurs a fine of up to B20,000, or under Section 52 of the act, which invokes a penalty of up to one year imprisonment or a fine of up to B100,000 or both, the order noted.

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Those found breaching the order will also be charged under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005), which invokes a penalty of up to two years imprisonment or up to B40,000 or both, the order warned.

The confirmation that people under quarantine in Phuket were allowed outside their rooms follows Phuket Vice Governor Pichet “request” the people under quarantine do not leave the hotel grounds.

“Right now Phuket is free from COVID-19 infected people, so our plan is to work with hotel management teams and other relevant people in the private sector to safely re-open to receive visitors from various areas, including the red, orange and yellow zones,” he said.

“Phuket officials have asked for the cooperation from operators to record the travel moments of guests before they arrived at the hotel and to request that their guests stay within the hotel area only, not to go outside of the hotel area,” he said.

V/Gov Pichet also repeated the explanation that Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) will be responsible for ensuring that new arrivals in their respective areas comply with COVID-19 requirements.

V/Gov Phichet also warned that any persons found not complying with COVID-19 orders faced legal action.

“If they fail to follow the law, they will be charged,” he said.

“The reason is that Phuket officials have issued provincial regulations for many sectors in order to take care of guests and make sure they [the guests] follow the provincial orders. All this is for the best preparation measures for the prevention of and to control the spread of COVID-19,” V/Gov Phichet added. 

“Hopefully, many sectors will give good cooperation to keep Phuket free from COVID-19 together. The current Phuket order will remain in effect until Jan 31,” he said.

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quinault11 | 17 January 2021 - 15:55:34

this is not a Chinese diesease. Italy found the covid thing ealier.

LALALA | 14 January 2021 - 13:30:37

It not even originated in China. The first case in Italy for example was traced back to September 2019. Google it.

megamind | 14 January 2021 - 12:48:26

@thorfinger The day that Phuket will become an extension of China I'll be the first (followed by the majority of my friends) to live Phuket forever. M not a racist, m enough of them!

Kurt | 14 January 2021 - 00:20:02

Seems the Phuket ASQ hotels become a kind of 'open meditation centers'. Great!  Right? This way of handling quarantine is as good as no quarantine at all.

ThorFinger | 13 January 2021 - 21:58:15

Dukkman, it's not a 'Chinese' disease, it's a disease that originated in China and i'm afraid next time you visit little Phuket it will be very much an extension of the Chinese mainland, as the Chinese will be the only people here. Better leave the racist overtones back in Oz and get ready for the 'new normal' lol.

Fascinated | 13 January 2021 - 15:46:58

Well wandering around the hotel mixing with others is a smart idea for a 'quarantine'. Basically defeats the purpose. The hotels in Pattaya control how many are allowed out of their rooms at any one time. Self-quarantine for Thais as well is a joke- one girls got back the other day and was working yesterday. Close the Bridge and the Airport- keep Phuket safe from selfish people

Dukkkman | 13 January 2021 - 14:23:26

So many thought bubbles, so few visitors. Nothing will happen until the China desease is under control. I am so concerned about my Thai friends. Even if I could get out of Australia, l would not want to stay 14 days in a hotel.


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