Phuket will start opening up again with most travel restrictions between sub-districts to be lifted, excepting five areas on the island which are still considered ‘at risk’.
Phuket’s outgoing Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana announced the lifting of the restrictions for travel between the island’s tambons, introduced back on April 13. Checkpoints were set up restricting non-essential travel between the island’s 17 sub-districts.
But even within the tambons, the provincial authorities say they may not lock down the entire area, instead focus on the smaller communities where the infections have been concentrated. Further, they say they could lift restrictions again if communities have been without new infections for 14 days.
For example, Patong’s last infection report was on April 21, so the restrictions could be lifted from May 5.
The meeting the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee considered opening the boundaries between every sub-district except for 5 locations…
• Bangla Road, in Patong Subdistrict
• Village Moo 2, 3 and 5, Bang Tao Village, in the Cherngtalay Subdistrict
(Here is a more detailed list for the Cherngtalay Subdistrict…
Village No. (moo) 1, Cherngtalay Village
Village No. (moo) 2, Bang Tao Nai Village
Village No. (moo) 3 of Surin Beach
Village No. (moo) 4, Pasak Village
Village No. (moo) 4 in Ban Nai Thon
Village No. (moo) 5 in Bang Tao Nok Village
Village No. (moo) 6 in Ban Khok Tanot)
• Routes in and out of Prachasamakhee Village on Thepkasatree Road, Moo 2, in the Koh Kaew Subdistrict
• Moo 2, Soi Bangchee, in the Ratsada Subdistrict
• Chao Fa Garden Village, in the Wichit Subdistrict
Phuketians will still be required to wear a face mask in public at all times, keeping washing their hands and maintaining ‘social distance’ protocols.
There was no date on the notice to say when the tambon restrictions are being lifted, but it is believed to apply after midnight on April 30.Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
New scheduled departure times for people leaving Phuket
While Phuket officials have allowed tens of thousands of people to leave the island to head back to their home provinces, the Phuket provincial government only allowed Phuket residents to leave the island in their own vehicles on April 30 and May 1, being the ‘first round’ and ‘second round’ of the mass exodus.
But on the first day there was traffic jams for kilometres and general chaos around the Tha Chatchai Checkpoint, along with not-very-happy people. Only a few of the total people queueing up managed to leave the island on that first day. Since then the Phuket provincial government has set new guidelines for people who want to leave the island.
The new strategy is a time based queue registration system. Those who wish to leave Phuket must first sign up via a website booking and select a scheduled time. Tha Chatchai Checkpoint, will be open for 700 people to exit every hour starting from 5 am – 8 pm, allowing a total of 10,500 people per day.
The passengers must also pass the fit-to-travel requirements at the checkpoint. This is done by providing a certificate from the ‘provincial administration for Covid-19’ which states that travellers are Covid-19 free. Inquires can be made in advance at the Phuket Provincial Police (building 191) or through their Facebook page at ‘191phuket’.
Buses and vans will also be available for people who have booked in advanced. People must reserve a specific time.
“If you do not arrive within the requested period, you must go back to register again.”
SOURCE: Phuket Police
Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Phuket reports no new Covid-19 cases for fourth day, one new death
The southern island province of Phuket reported no new Covid-19 cases today, a fourth consecutive day, though there was one additional death.
The man was a 63 year old hotelier from Khao Lak in neighbouring Phang Nga province on the mainland, who visited Phuket before falling ill. He travelled to Phuket between March 19-21 and first began exhibiting symptoms on March 24.
He suffered from from cystic fibrosis, a disease which affects the lungs and digestive system. He returned to Phuket for the critical treatment offered by the island’s hospitals, but succumbed to the illness yesterday.
As of today, Phuket has discharged 180 patients and retains 36 patients in hospital, with 57 still awaiting test results, whereas more than 5,000 considered “at high risk” have tested negative and been sent home. Yesterday’s death takes the island’s total to 3.
The recent downturn in numbers is especially encouraging as Phuket province has long had the highest rate of infection per capita in the kingdom, and the second-highest actual numbers of infections, after Bangkok.
SOURCE: Phuket People’s VoiceKeep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
People returning from Phuket to Krabi greeted with 14 day quarantine
Some Krabi residents, joining the exodus from Phuket after the Phuket opened its only land border at Sarasin Bridge last week, were greeted with a mandatory swab-test yesterday. 76 Krabi residents returned from Phuket yesterday,
Krabi’s governor, Kitibadee Prawit, joined public health officials and Krabi Hospital’s director in overseeing collection of swab samples from a group of 76 returnees on Tuesday. 39 had returned from areas in Phuket deemed “at high risk” for Covid-19 transmission – Cherngtalay, Patong, Kathu, and Koh Kaew.
Returnees from those high-risk areas were sent for a state-enforced 14 days holiday, aka. quarantine, at hotels provided in Krabi. The remainder were allowed to quarantine at their homes under the supervision of public health officials.
On Sunday the deputy governor of Krabi province, Somkuan Khan-ngern, claimed that the Phuket departees “had spread coronavirus to his province”.
Later he retracted the comment and apologised to the media saying that his comments were “a thoughtless accusation, made during an inspection of screening checkpoint in Ao Nang”. He said he had no intention to offend the people of Phuket.
The deputy governor had also reportedly initially refused to allow people from Phuket to enter Krabi.
The Phuket provincial administration has been allowing thousands of migrant workers and non-resident Thais to return to leave the island their home provinces. They had been stranded in Phuket, mostly without work, after the Phuket governor sealed off the land, sea and air borders of the island in early April.
Those who want to leave are being told to apply for a “Fit to Travel” permits from the provincial administration, which then have to shown to officials at the Tha Chatchai checkpoint on departure, checkpoints along the way, and their destinations. Some 50,000+ people have registered to leave Phuket since the land border partially opened last week, more than 10% of the island’s permanent population.Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Pattaya’s beaches have re-opened but no beach chairs yet
Thailand’s Central Bank will act to restrain soaring baht
“No evidence of Covid-19 losing potency” – WHO experts dismiss claims of Italian scientist
Prawit tipped to become leader of ruling Palang Pracharat party executive
Thailand may hold a July Songkran event if Covid-19 situation remains stable
Another family kept apart by Thai red tape and quarantine confusion
Thailand News Today – Monday, June 1
Black water pours into the Gulf of Thailand right next to Pattaya’s Walking Street – VIDEO
Pattaya police arrest intoxicated Chinese man, Thai girlfriend in front of station – VIDEO
Government outlines new rules as massage parlours reopen for business
With all patients recovered, Phuket closes its Covid-19 field hospital
11 dead, 14,000 ill as rainy season worsens dengue fever outbreak in northeast
Returnees from UK found with high fever, hospitalised
LA’s Thai Town hit by protesters and rioters
25 arrested after police raid online gambling base in Mae Sot
Burma or Myanmar? Myanmarese or Burmese?
July 1 will end all lockdowns in Thailand, including international travel
Thailand’s monsoon and wet season explained
Bangkok mother, daughter swindled out of 1.8 million baht, suspect arrested
Security chief says country to reopen July 1
Thailand News Today – Wednesday, May 27
Central Thailand prepares for return of thousands of Burmese workers
Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces re-entry procedures for foreigners
Thai Airways can’t refund 24 billion baht in unused tickets
Bank report predicts extended timeframe for Thai tourism recovery
Emergency Decree extended through June amidst accusations of political motivation
High speed railway linking Thailand and China takes another step
Massage shops, boxing stadiums may be allowed to reopen next week
Government looks to domestic travel in phase 3 of easing Covid restrictions
Central buys Family Mart Thailand
Thailand News Today – Wednesday, April 22
Thailand News Today – Tuesday, April 21
Thailand News Today – Monday, April 20
Thailand News Today – Friday, April 17
Thailand News Today – Tuesday, April 16
Thailand News Today – Wednesday, April 15
Thailand News Today – Tuesday, April 14
Thailand News Today – Monday, April 13
Thailand News Today – Friday, April 10
Thailand News Today – Thursday, April 9
Thailand News Today – Wednesday, April 8
Thailand News Today – Tuesday, April 7
Thailand News Today – Friday, April 3
Thailand News Today – Thursday, April 2
Thailand News Today – April 1, 2020
- Business4 days ago
Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces re-entry procedures for foreigners
- Business4 days ago
Foreigners with work permits to be allowed back into Thailand on case by case basis
- Crime2 days ago
Despite vindication, “Rolex General” is back in the hot seat
- Environment2 days ago
Netizens in uproar after man saves deer from python in Chon Buri – VIDEO
- Thailand4 days ago
Government to introduce financial incentives to boost domestic tourism
- Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 days ago
Gyms, fitness centres to reopen tomorrow nationwide
- Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 days ago
Phuket officially reopens Monday, but with restrictions
- Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 days ago
South Korea reverses reopening amid new Covid-19 outbreaks