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Phuket Town Mayor Somjai praises reopening of Lard Yai walking street

Phuket Town Mayor Somjai praises reopening of Lard Yai walking street

PHUKET: Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana has praised the reopening of the Lard Yai Walking Street Market, saying the return of the popular market will help local residents and vendors regain a form of income.

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 12:21PM

The market reopened on Sunday (July 5), with Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew as the guest of honour at the reopening ceremony.

The Lard Yai Walking Street market was just one of the major mass-gathering events across the island that were cancelled or postponed in March to help stave off the spread of the COVID-19. Also announced as cancelled at the time were the official Songkran Thai New Year festivities in Patong, along with the annual Phuket Bike Week event.

The reopening on Sunday saw all visitors and vendors abiding by the ‘new normal’ health regulations. 

All people entering the market must register their attendance at the market, either through the Thai Chana online platform or by filling out a registration attendance form. All visitors and vendors must also wear a face mask, and keep at least one metre distance from each other. They must also have their temperatures checked and alcohol gel is provided for visitors to cleanse their hands before being allowed into the market area.

Mayor Somjai pointed out that the market has been held every Sunday since its launch on Sept 2, 2013

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“The Phuket Old Town shopping area covers approximately 210 rai in the heart of the old town area, including Thalang Rd, Soi Rommani, Yaowarat Rd, Krabi Rd, Dibuk Rd, Phang Nga Rd, Rassada Rd and a part of Thepkrasattri Rd and Phuket Rd.” she said.

“The area was declared a Fine Arts Environmental Conservation Area in 1992,” she added.

Phuket Walking Street Market was created to highlight the continuous development and conservation of ways of life, traditions, and valuable architecture in the area, and has now become a major attraction for tourists and local residents alike, Mayor Somjai explained.

“Making Phuket’s Old Town area known to both Thai and foreign tourists stimulates the economy and income distribution. It helps to build tourism,” she said.

Mayor Somjai called for people to join the market, “to create a community economy together.”

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Kurt | 08 July 2020 - 10:10:20

Phuket Town and Patong ,including all the markets were simply is no social distance, will be the next centres of 2nd Covid wave break out. Why Mayors talk about tourism as there are no tourist arrivals, apart from business people, technicians and a few 
 foreign patients ( in quarantine). All talking is 'Old Normal'.

DeKaaskopp | 07 July 2020 - 23:37:57

@Galong   If you are so afraid,best to keep social distancing,wear always your mask and probably stay home until there is a vaccine for you !

Galong | 07 July 2020 - 18:17:41

Kiss social distancing goodbye. There will be little to no monitoring and zero enforcement. Avoid going there if you want to remain healthy.


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