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3 eastern provinces being considered for full travel restrictions, including Pattaya

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Rayong, Chanthaburi and Chon Buri (including Pattaya), are headed into a full lockdown scenario after the Ministry of Public Health formerly asked the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration to impose additional restrictions on travel in and out of the provinces. Most of the infections in the 3 provinces are linked to illegal gambling dens. A decision will likely be made today by the CCSA.

Thailand’s Deputy Health Minister says the measure “is necessary” because many people considered “at risk” have concealed their involvement in activities and others are refusing to report to health officials for screening.

It’s proposed the more restrictive lockdown would run for 4 weeks in an effort to stop the flow of infected people in and out of the provinces.

The proposed lockdown measures, additional to closures and restrictions already in place, would include preventing people in the 3 provinces from travelling across borders unless “absolutely necessary”.

If approved, the measures will take at the end of the New Year long weekend. The announcement didn’t mention if the U-Tapao Airport would also be closed or not.

The Deputy Health Minister also noted that the ministry plans to ask the CCSA to set up checkpoints along roads linking the 3 affected provinces to Bangkok and other regions, including the Burapha Withi Expressway and a highway through Prachin Buri. Officials would also have checkpoints at all entry and exit points at the borders of the provinces.

Because most of the people being traced were involved with illegal gambling the Deputy Minister noted that the situation was making it more unlikely for people to come forward for testing, despite authorities reassuring people involved that there would be no prosecution related to the illegal gambling dens.

The proposed additional restrictions on travel in and out of the 3 provinces has NOT been enacted at this stage.

Pattaya, surviving on some weekend traffic and the extra long weekends the Thai government has added, will be challenged further by a 28 day lockdown. Restrictions are already place in Banglamung and Pattaya. There is currently no curfew in place.

  • Service venues closed, including bars, nightclubs, karaokes, massage parlours, etc
  • Restaurants take away only. No dine-in service.
  • Shopping centres, retail, etc closed except for supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, hardware and construction stores, mobile phone shops and electronics. All non-essential sops closed, like clothes, etc. Supermarkets may sell only essential items like food.
  • All educational places closed, nurseries, child care centres, schools, learning centres, vocational schools, private tutors, etc.
  • Leisure locations, like bowling, movie theatres, water parks, tourist attractions, etc. closed
  • 24 hour convenience stores must be closed from 10pm to 5am.
  • Restaurants in hotels can stay open, however can only serve hotel guests.
  • Public swimming pools closed
  • Amulet stores, religious artifact stores, temple stores closed
  • Pool, snooker parlours closed
  • Gyms, fitness closed and similar establishments
  • Internet and game cafes closed
  • Close massage shop, spas, beauty clinics
  • Public parks, exercise areas, playgrounds and any place where people gather closed
  • No parties or gatherings at all, even at private residences.
  • Beaches were not specifically covered in the order.
  • There is not an alcohol sales ban.

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    EdwardV

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Announcing a proposed lockdown in advance only helps spread whatever you are trying to contain. Most who can leave will do so. You have disincentivized any reason to stay in place by shutting just about everything down. In addition Thailand has the history of the last lockdown being extended. People tend to remember those kind of things. I’m not saying they shouldn’t lock down, just shouldn’t be discussing it openly.

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    Arie

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Fortunately mobile phone shops are in the essential category.

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    Steve

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    I agree, telling people only makes them leave in advance of the lockdown. Apart from that…….its already too late the virus has spread. It only takes 1person to spread it.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Very true – look at the crowds at the railway stations in London, deserting the sinking ship while they still had a few hours.

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      James R

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 4:54 am

      But it is not just about people leaving.

      It is about stopping people from going to bars, restaurants and other such venues en masse which is the biggest spreader of the virus.

      Restaurants have to know in advance as they have to give notice to staff, not order any further supplies which will be wasted etc.

      It does not affect old fogies who are retired but it must be terrible for small business people.

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      James R

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:01 am

      Issan John

      Well if you consider London has around twelve million people then a few thousand leaving is not exactly full-scale desertion, is it?

      I think when Phuket announced there was going to be a lockdown early last year while I was there, there were more bar-girls returning back home to Issan than the number of people leaving London.

      A typical approach when being pestered in a bar, always includes, “where are you from”, and always includes “I from Issan, my father he velly sick and I need the money look after him”.

      Many of them seem to have ten fathers as they are always dying and need money for mama.

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    Leo G.

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Is this travel ban still in effect? If yes, any rumblings about when it might be lifted? How can one get a travel permit to go from Bangkok to Pattaya?

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Chon Buri province reports 0 cases of Covid today

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Chon Buri province is reporting 0 new cases of Covid-19, marking 3 out of 4 days with no new infections. Despite the good news, The Chonburi Department of Public Health is warning residents to “stay vigilant”.

A migrant worker tested positive for the virus yesterday but all close contacts, 93 people, to the person have tested negative and went into quarantine. The Provincial Employment Office in Mueang Chon Buri also closed, out of precaution.

The Chon Buri Department of Public Health says they will test 35 more who live around the same camp as the migrant worker, but those people are not considered close contacts. Banglamung and Pattaya has not had any cases of Covid for the past 7 days. Officials have said many times that the closure measures and provincial travel restrictions, that have left thousands out of work, will be lifted as soon as it is safe to do so, but it looks like any reviews of the measures will take place at the end of this month.

Currently, Chon Buri province is categorised as a “highly controlled” area which essentially deems all travel to be stopped. Those who do wish to travel, to or from the area, must have written permission by a district official in order to enter or leave.

Such strict measures have left many formal workers desperate as hotels have asked many times for the government to issue a forced lockdown which would help these workers collect social security to aid their lost salaries. But those requests have so far been denied as the government says they are mulling other ways in which to help.

In the meantime, hotels have taken their restaurants to the streets by offering food stalls and delivery with most of the owners saying they are trying to support their remaining staff. Chinese businessmen handed out food packages last night in a goodwill gesture to help those in need.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Chon Buri records no new Covid-19 infections for first time in 3 weeks

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For the first time in 3 weeks, since it was hit by the resurgence of Covid-19 in late December, the eastern province of Chon Buri has recorded no new cases. It comes after weeks of restrictions and the closure of businesses, including nightlife and entertainment venues. The provincial Department of Public Health confirmed the positive development, which is being attributed to proactive and targeted mass testing of high-risk groups.

The Pattaya News reports that hundreds of Chon Buri residents are being tested every day, with testing expected to continue for the rest of the week. Wichai Thanasopon from the Chon Buri Department of Public Health has cautioned against people dropping their guard however, insisting everyone must continue to adhere to hygiene measures such as mask-wearing, hand washing, and social distancing.

Officials have also said it’s too soon to say if shuttered businesses can re-open or if other restrictions can be lifted, adding that they will monitor the situation as mass-testing continues throughout the province. Among the high-risk groups being tested are migrant workers living in cramped and crowded conditions, as well as those who visited entertainment spots in Si Racha, those who attended illegal gambling events, and key workers such as supermarket employees and taxi drivers.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Pattaya hotels want official closure order to get unemployment benefits

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Pattaya hotels and tourism businesses want to close… just temporarily until the Covid-19 situation improves, but they say an official closure order needs to be issued by the Chon Buri governor so employees can claim unemployment benefits.

The hospitality and tourism industry in the 5 highest risk red zones (the coastal provinces Chonburi, Rayong, Chantaburi, Rayong, Samut Sakhon, and Trat) has been battered by strict restrictions.

Only essential travel is allowed in and out of the 5 provinces, taking a toll on hotels in the area with occupancy rates nearly at zero.

The governor in neighbouring Chantaburi recently ordered hotels in the province to temporarily close. Many representatives of Pattaya hotels suggest the Chon Buri governor issue a similar order which would allow employees to be eligible for unemployment benefits to help them during the Covid-19 crisis.

Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem says he referred the proposal to the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee, which the Chon Buri governor chairs.

He adds that the proposal must be considered carefully because there are about 80,000 employees in the sector and the closure of all hotels will have widespread consequences.

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