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Spas could be used for quarantine

Spas could be used for quarantine

THAILAND: A proposal is being studied to turn traditional Thai massage and spa venues into quarantine facilities, the Department of Health Service Support says.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 23 September 2020, 08:55AM

A thermal scan at a Bangkok massage shop.Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool

A thermal scan at a Bangkok massage shop.Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool

The move, being looked at by an ad hoc sub-committee under the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), will be forwarded to the CSSA’s main committee for approval in two weeks, said Dr Thares Krasnairawiwong, director-general of the department.

If the proposal gets the green light, a pilot project will be launched in Krabi, he said.

He said the CCSA has agreed in principle to the proposal, which was made after the government unveiled a plan for a Special Tourist Visa (STV) to be issued to foreign tourists intending to stay in Thailand for at least a month.

Holders of this specific tourist visa are required to give their consent to undergo a 14-day COVID-19 quarantine at specially certified hotels, during which time they will be tested at least twice for COVID-19 before being allowed to travel freely within the country.

Dr Thares said users of the wellness quarantine venues must pass a COVID-19 check within 72 hours of arriving and pay for the full cost of quarantine plus have a health insurance policy from their country of origin.

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Chas | 24 September 2020 - 15:35:28

OK, so that's Spas off my list of places to visit for the next 5 years. 

Kurt | 24 September 2020 - 08:56:06

Incoming foreign tourist have to go in ASLQ hotels, but can have close personal contacts in massage shops next door? What kind of Quarantine is that? Oh wait, 'Quarantine is the flag to cover the money making/taking advantage of new tourists. That makes sense.

CaptainJack69 | 23 September 2020 - 12:29:48

Um... what? Does anyone understand this? What does it mean and what is the logic? Are people expected to live 14 days in a massage shop when there are perfectly good hotels right next door? Is this a sneaky way for hotels with 'spas' to get around the ALSQ system? A bit of explanation is needed.


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