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Pubs, bars must wait until Monday for decision to reopen

Pubs, bars must wait until Monday for decision to reopen

PHUKET: Pubs and bars across Phuket must wait until Monday (June 29) before the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at Government House in Bangkok will announce whether or not, and under which rules, they may open from July 1.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 26 June 2020, 06:08PM


Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Information and Deputy Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaking earlier today (June 26). Screenshot: MFA Thailand / YouTube

Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Information and Deputy Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaking earlier today (June 26). Screenshot: MFA Thailand / YouTube

The news was announced by Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Information and Deputy Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the English-language report of the CCSA’s announcements today (June 26).

“So far we have seen the successful relaxation of various measures in easing the restrictions as the situation improves,” Mr Natapanu said.

“The remaining businesses that are deemed a high-risk such as pubs, bars, gaming shops, large soapy massage parlours, will soon be allowed to open. This decision will be finalised on Monday, this coming Monday, June the 29th, at the general CCSA meeting. This will be finalized then,” he said.

However, he added, “These businesses establishments would possibly be open but under strict health and safety measures to control the spread of COVID. All of the business establishments that are not open and will soon be open in July will have to be registered with the Thai Chaina platform.”

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Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA) President Weerawit Kreuasombat earlier this week blasted the 22 draft rules that pubs and bars are supposed to enforce – if approved by the CCSA – in order to reopen.

He also assured that pubs, bars and clubs in Patong’s Bangla nightlife district would reopen regardless of whether or not they could implement all 22 rules.

Mr Natapanu also pointed out that the CCSA had yet to decide on the conditions that international arrivals would be required to abide by if allowed entry to the country. That, too, will be announced on Monday, he said.

Meanwhile, the current ban on all inbound international commercial passenger flights is set to remain in effect until midnight Tuesday night.

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Kurt | 29 June 2020 - 10:56:53

It's ok Dek, when you grip wild around you for having last word about 'beach sea breeze'.  And my writing about 'thai tourism', of course I mend 'domestic' tourism. There is no other, and we still not know or Government tomorrow extend countries closure for another month till August. Keep tracking me, Dek. Satisfy yourself.

ThorFinger | 28 June 2020 - 23:26:50

Sandbar, the virus IS dead here on Phuket. We are now at least 13 days past the longest it can survive. (Much more like well over a month). It's just simple maths. A girl next door to us had it. All she had was a bit of a sore throat. Everyone is just revelling in all the drama. 

DeKaaskopp | 28 June 2020 - 13:42:36

Kurt,it was you who brought up the"clean air sea breeze"nonsense,not Mr.Natapanu.And it may be news for you,but there are expats from other provinces coming to Phuket,same as Expats from Phuket going to other provinces.You should take off the mask more often.

Kurt | 28 June 2020 - 12:17:39

I is simply a mattter of Health- and National Security not to have thai people living circumpolar under the horizon, unknown, on Phuket. Many drugs dealers on Phuket live unregistered, without a job. Register any Thai on Phuket, as any foreigner is registered.

Kurt | 28 June 2020 - 12:09:52

I don't know or Phuket Government already sett for 'New Normal', but when soon all these tourist industry workers return from their home villages to Phuket, ALL should be registered by name, address and job ( employer certificate). Same way as all foreigners ( of course, not with Immigration). Phuket should not have anymore unregistered thai workers on  Phuket island. 

Kurt | 28 June 2020 - 11:55:35

DeK, comment was about mr Natapanu, his saying about high risk bars, pubs, etc. Don't derail with mall's, restaurants, etc. And thai tourists only? Yes, correct,  are there any other this moment? As real testing is hardly done among 67 million people, yes, there is risk virus coming in from other provinces where matters are more difficult to monitor than on Phuket island.

Kurt | 28 June 2020 - 11:08:55

It is Sunday, so far no news ( conformation) from thai Government or the ban on international commercial flights really will be lifted or extended after Tuesday, June 30. Is it not time to inform the world now with a yes/no ?

DeKaaskopp | 28 June 2020 - 08:46:59

"Don't allow thai tourists into Phuket from infectious provinces" Kurt,and what provinces are infectious right now ? And only Thai tourists ? Can mall's,restaurant's ,shops offer "clean air sea breeze ?Should they close again too ? Are you thinking sometimes while writing ?

maverick | 27 June 2020 - 23:06:03

Kurt@ good idea let’s keep the island closed off from all those nasty farangs - watch the tax take plummet and go figure where the govt will go to find money to pay for public services - give you a clue it won’t be the Thai population ! 

Sandbar | 27 June 2020 - 19:35:06

Any unemployed ship builders out 
there looking for work. Must have skills in "biblical" ship design, and if thier name is "Noha"... step up to the front of que!





Sandbar | 27 June 2020 - 19:28:40

The virus is not dead. Just contained by no OS flights into Thailand. How the hell are bars and night clubs imunne from covid-19?
 Singapore has just had a spike in confirmed numbers in the last two days. Thier's no certainty with out a vaccine. We need to build an "ark" and sail off land.

Kurt | 27 June 2020 - 10:48:57

Phuket is Covid-19 free!. Keep it that way by strict health checks at 'Bridge' and Phuket airport. Don't allow thai tourists into Phuket  from infectious provinces. As long face masks ordered at breezy Phuket beaches, ( 'underlined' by bill boards) keep bars/pubs closed as they not able to offer clean air sea breeze in their premises. Stop nonsense forms fill out at Phuket shop...

ThorFinger | 27 June 2020 - 10:32:08

hiding from the virus, or going into lockdown, only works in the short term. 

ThorFinger | 27 June 2020 - 10:30:42

Sandbar, the virus doesn't live in bars and nightclubs. It's been dead here in phuket for at least 12 days now, you could argue well over a month. We need to stop the fear mongering...I doubt anyone's going to go to them anyway. The only thing we need to prepare for is the inevitable reintroduction of the virus from outside. You can't defeat a virus by hiding from it. That only wor...

Sandbar | 26 June 2020 - 21:28:16

Keep the bars and night clubs closed. Play it safe. If there are so many restrictions on opening up bars and night clubs, then there is still a belief of uncetainity! 

Fascinated | 26 June 2020 - 19:04:17

Places in Kamala sailing close to the wind already as to what compromises a 'restaurant'. Amazing how many bars are suddenly 'restaurants'.

 

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