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Selected Phuket restrictions eased in efforts to return to normality

Selected Phuket restrictions eased in efforts to return to normality

PHUKET: Governor Narong Woonchiew announced this morning (Aug 8) that selected restrictions put in place to control the COVID-19 pandemic wil be eased as the province strives to return to a level of normality.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 8 August 2020, 03:06PM

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on July 22 approved the extension of the nationwide state of emergency for another month until Aug 31.

However, this morning’s order, announced at 8:30am by Governor Narong, eases restrictions and allows certain activities to now take place within the community.

Included in the order is the re-opening of the following:

- Public areas, including bouncing castles and playgrounds in areas around dams and reservoirs, and the Saphan Hin Sports Center.

- All fighting cock, fishing venues and water parks

- Venues that support the movie and entertainment industry including permitting cast and associated workers to enter the country (who would still have to be isolated on arrival).

Adhering to best-practice health and safety measures is still mandatory, including use of the Thai Chana application, wearing of face masks and respecting social distancing measures.

Anyone found to be violating these rules will be charged under Section 52 of the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558, which carries imprisonment not longer than one year or a fine up to B100,000 or both, the order noted.

In regards to aviation travel, Governor Narong referenced measures outlined last Monday (Aug 3) by The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) stating that the ban on international commercial aircraft remains in place.

The only aircrafts currently permitted to enter Thailand are as follows: state or military aircraft; emergency landing flights; technical landing flights without disembarkation; humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights; repatriation flights; cargo flights, and *passenger flights carrying persons permitted to enter Thailand (Thai and non-Thai nationals).

The CAAT’s list of 11 groups of Thai and non-Thai nationals permitted to enter Thailand remains in effect, but adjustment has been made to groups (7), (8), and (11) as per the following:

(1) Thai nationals.

(2) Persons with exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, pertaining to necessity. Such consideration, permission, or invitation may be subject to specific conditions and time limits.

(3) Persons on diplomatic or consular missions, or under international organisations, or representatives of foreign governments performing their duties in the Kingdom, or persons of other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pertaining to necessity, including their spouse, parents, or children.

(4) Carriers of necessary goods subject to immediate return after completion.

(5) Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission and have a specified date and time for return.

(6) Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national.

(7) Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of permanent residency in the Kingdom, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.

(8) Non-Thai nationals who have a work permit or have been granted permission from government agencies to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children; or foreign workers or those who have been granted permission to bring in foreign workers to work in the Kingdom.

(9) Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students, except for students of non-formal educational institutions under the law on private schools and of other similar private educational institutions

(10) Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID-19.

(11) Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country or have been granted permission by the Prime Minister – all of whom must strictly adhere to the Kingdom’s communicable disease prevention and control.

*The entry into Thailand of the persons of any of the following types, by aircraft, shall be permitted, provided that they comply with the conditions, time limits, and rules of the authorised persons under the Thai immigration law, communicable diseases law, air navigation law, and the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation, for the prevention of the spread of disease, and the organisation of the number of persons entering Thailand in accordance with the capability of the competent officers or the communicable disease control officers for the screening and arrangement of facilities for isolation, quarantine and control for observation.

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maverick | 10 August 2020 - 21:30:54

Usual negativity from Thailand haters - flights resume soon chaps so you can head home - personally it’s always good to see the progress - this is someone who has been coming here since the late 70’s and is now happily living here - get a life boys 

stuff5000@gmail.com | 10 August 2020 - 10:09:57

Its just the dirty Farangs the are the problem

Shwe | 10 August 2020 - 08:22:03

So who is going to enforce these laws? Not the incompetent RTP, They cannot enforce the helmet laws it common outside Cherng Talay police station  to see underage children riding 3 on a motor bike, no helmet no mask, no insurance and no license.
Seems most Thais think laws are for other people. not them, if there is a second wave of Covid 19 it will be devastating 

JSombra | 09 August 2020 - 02:43:55

"passenger flights carrying persons permitted to enter Thailand" This is causing so much confusion. They say that but also say commercial flights banned, while also talking about repatriation flights. 3 things are contradictory. Just trying to hide all the Chinese workers being brought in on charter flights

Galong | 08 August 2020 - 20:36:12

They might as well let people do whatever they want in Saphan Hin as that's what they're doing already. There is one road open, but you can see students from the nearby school gathered in groups and not wearing masks. There are several authorities nearby who could do something about that, but nah.


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