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Phuket Town night venues raided for new normal precautions

Phuket Town night venues raided for new normal precautions

PHUKET: A task force of officials, including police and health officials, conducted a series of inspections of night venues in Phuket Town last night (June 23) to ensure they were complying with the health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 24 June 2020, 10:59AM

The team was led by Siripong Leeprasit of the Phuket Provincial Narcotics Control Management Center, together with his deputy Thongchai Rattanadet.

Joining the inspections were Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) of the Muang Phuket District Office Waratchaya Prasitranun, officers from the Phuket Public Health Office and Phuket City Police, as well as 16 members of the Territorial Defense Volunteers (OrSor) and even security personnel from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command.

The inspections began at 8:30pm and targetted three alcohol-serving venues operating under restaurant licences: Ther restaurant, on the west side of Nimit Circle (also called the “Seahorse Circle”); Ploenjit on Chana Charoen Rd, also near Nimit Circle; and The Column Phuket on Takuapa Rd.

All three venues were found to be enforcing the health guidelines, said Mr Thongchai.

“All three places had space between tables for social distancing and the body temperatures of people were checked  before they were allowed to enter the venues. Staffers wore face masks all the time,” he noted.

“However, we will keep following up their disease-control measures,” he added.

Mr Thongchai also warned that any operators caught not enforcing the new normal health guidelines would face legal action.

Of note, photos provided of the raids plainly showed people sitting as close as usual at the same table.

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Kurt | 25 June 2020 - 09:48:08

It looks like the 'new normal' health regulations dictate social distance between tables, but no social distance between people at the same table. (?)

CaptainJack69 | 24 June 2020 - 12:39:24

Just from looking at the pictures 2 things; why do they need to check peoples' ID cards for COVID compliance? and why do I see so many people without masks on? What a shambles.

Kurt | 24 June 2020 - 11:12:13

Let's hope mr Weerawit, the Bangla Road nightlife foreman/exploitant reads this and understand that what counts for Phuket Town counts to for Patong Bangla Road. He still has time to get inspired by Phuket Town. Tourists are not allowed yet to come to Thailand.


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