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Bangkok parks, salons, tattoo, massage reopen Monday

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: Parks like Lumpini Park and more reopen in Bangkok Monday. (via Flickr Kim Seng)

Does your dream day in Bangkok start with a manicure before viewing some great art or history, followed by a stroll through the park, maybe a quick neck tattoo before ending the day with a nice massage for your tired feet? If so, the restrictions in place for Covid-19 has had you sitting at home bored, waiting for everything to reopen, as every one of those activities has been banned in Bangkok. Until tomorrow, June 14.

Yesterday PM Prayut Chan-o-cha took to Facebook to announce that many Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted. Starting Monday, many of the restrictions imposed on Bangkok to help control the Covid-19 outbreak that has plagued the capital city more than the rest of the country will finally begin to be lifted.

PM Prayut said that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and the Ministry of Public Health both agree that Covid-19 infections and outbreaks are coming under control with aggressive testing and treatment and that the vaccination drive is making steady progress (their own published figures show a steady number of new cases and deaths each day over the past 2 months, not a drop).

You will be allowed to get that manicure and other treatments in beauty clinics, along with that elaborate back tattoo you’ve been dreaming of since the pandemic restrictions began as nail salons, beauty salons and tattoo parlours will be allowed to reopen. That afternoon stroll will be legal again as Bangkok will reopen public parks and botanical gardens.

History buffs will be happy as the restrictions and closures are lifted on museums and archaeological sites. And after a long day wandering around all the newly permitted activities across Bangkok, you can ease the soreness as foot massage shops are allowed to reopen.

Officials do give a word of caution though that if the privilege is abused, they may take it away again. If people do not follow the Covid-19 health and safety regulations still in place, like social distancing and mask-wearing, or if Bangkok sees a spike in Covid-19 infections, all these venues face closure again.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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