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Restaurants and other businesses allowed to open from May 3

Restaurants and other businesses allowed to open from May 3

PHUKET: Restaurants, barbers and hairdressers and other essential community businesses across the country will be allowed to open from Sunday (May 3) under a national relaxation of the stringent orders issued to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 30 April 2020, 03:59PM

Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Information and Deputy Spokesman of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, delivered the news earlier today (Apr 30). Screenshot: NNT

Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Information and Deputy Spokesman of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, delivered the news earlier today (Apr 30). Screenshot: NNT

Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Information and Deputy Spokesman of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, delivered the news today during his announcements to the press at the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in Bangkok.

Mr Natapanu explained that the resumption of business throughout the country will be rolled out in stages, with businesses classified into four groups: White (essential low-risk services), Green, Yellow, and Red (high-risk non-essential services).

The White group is considered essential for people’s livelihoods and the economy. As for the Red group, he said, “They are not ready to be opened yet.”

Businesses classified in the White group may re-open on May 3, Mr Natapanu said, but they must follow “general principles” laid down by health authorities, as follows:

  1. Must always clean and sanitise all surfaces in venues of public activities prior to use
  2. Participants and customers are required to wear masks. “Participants meaning people taking part in activities, like people taking part in sport activities, and customers meaning like customers of restaurants,” Mr Natapanu said.
  3. All staff at the workplace must wash their hands often with antibacterial soap and alcohol
  4. At least one metre social distance must be maintained between persons
  5. The maximum number of persons in each venue at the same time must be regulated to avoid congestion and the time for each activity kept to a minimum to avoid exposure
  6. Tracking apps and technology may be used where appropriate

The White Group, allowed to resume operations from May 3, comprises six business/venue types, as follows:

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  • Markets - including fresh markets, floating markets, flea markets, community markets and street vendors and stalls
  • Restaurants - including cafes, “dessert joints”, convenience stores, mobile phone stores, IT stores and local "mom-and-pop” and other local stores. “These ones must be located outside shopping malls,” Mr Natapanuy noted.
  • Retail stores - including supermarkets and convenience stores
  • Recreation areas - including public parks where low-intensive exercise takes place and places where “non-team, non-competitive sports” take place. “Tennis, for example is allowed as long as it is non-team and non-competitive, and the same with golf and golf practice ranges 
  • Salons, barber shops - may provide only basic services “wash, cut, dry and style”
  • Pet grooming centres and pet nurseries

The measures will be evaluated every 14 days and may be adjusted where necessary, Mr Natapanu explained.

The goal is to relax the measures “25% at a time” until the situation has returned to normal, he said.

The general principles apply to all businesses from when they open regardless of which category they are, Mr Natapanu confirmed.

“Provincial measures can be more stringent but not more relaxed than the general principles set out,” Mr Natapanu added.

Mr Natapanu pointed out that the administration still strongly encourages working from home “to continue with at least 50% of work done from home”.

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DeKaaskopp | 02 May 2020 - 12:12:31

@Christy    Vet-Clinics are open !

nongku74 | 02 May 2020 - 11:04:45

Beaches are recreational areas and therefore should fall into the white category. Just keep the local money grabbers away and it will remain peaceful for swimming/walking/sitting!

Capricornball | 02 May 2020 - 00:28:42

Complete shit show...local officials don't know why they're even doing what their doing, and rules changes by the hour. So these fools deem it safe enough to go mill about a fresh market, but not walk on the beach.  Off the charts stupid...and for no rational reasons.

Christy Sweet | 01 May 2020 - 22:03:42

  The car exodus story  is getting as fun, too. Stop go wait no go. Download app, find headman,   go ! no wait. Go in 2 days, or 3. 

Christy Sweet | 01 May 2020 - 21:41:57

Pet "salons" but not veterinarians? Just have a lot of air flow out, wear masks and patrons and staff stay out of each other's faces. It's congregating that spreads it- like in restaurants where masks are not worn. 

GerryT81 | 01 May 2020 - 17:41:49

Nasa12, do you really need to complain about some second hand mobile shop. People are desperate and need money.On the 3rd they would be allowed to open anyway.So what is your gibberish about ?

DeKaaskopp | 01 May 2020 - 15:44:48

@ Nasa  Terrible news !
@ BigA   No !

r u sure | 01 May 2020 - 14:54:13

And... The prizes for the most stupid comments today (so far!) go to @Big A (where you been for the last 2/3 days?) and once more to @friend  (stick to find out where you can change your cash) when the beaches are open they will announce it! Not because of your persistence!!!! 

Nasa12 | 01 May 2020 - 13:37:16

Was on Tesco Lotus in chalong  this morning bad conditions, illegal opening of second hand mobile shops++. People giving f ... off and keeping distance. 

BigA | 01 May 2020 - 13:30:12

Do they serve Beer/Wine in the restaurants ???

maverick | 01 May 2020 - 11:41:28

Beaches remain closed until further notice - perhaps they want infections to drop to zero :-) we can’t even walk over Promthep Cape all rather silly but the media has stirred up some much hysteria many including this government are paranoid let’s see how quickly restaraunt business picks up 

friend | 01 May 2020 - 09:43:15

what about beaches??????

Dicko | 30 April 2020 - 20:49:18

Is anyone else confused here? One notice today  from the PM says everything continues in lockdown and this notice says White Groups can open on Sunday... is it too much to ask for just one consistent message?? 

Christy Sweet | 30 April 2020 - 18:59:34

Antibacterial soap ? Just plain soap renders the virus inert.  Plenty of studies show how useless and maybe even harmful constant antibacterial use is.   

Fascinated | 30 April 2020 - 18:53:05

Wow- hairdressers  and barbers are an essential service- knock me down with a feather!

lpett | 30 April 2020 - 16:51:32

May I ask which colour group construction is in?

LALALA | 30 April 2020 - 16:42:44

Complete BS.  'non competitive' tennis games, getting a shave and a haircut and enjoying my steak trough a silly face mask. LOL. Cant wait getting a flight out of this country. Its simply ridiculous. 


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