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Pattaya hotels take food to the streets in bid to survive

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Pattaya’s hotels are taking their restaurants to the streets by offering food stalls outside and delivery in a bid to save their businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Such changes in their attempts to avoid closing, come as city officials say they will use funds to spruce up the city for Chinese New Years on February 12.

As Chonburi province is still declared as a “high-risk” and “highly-controlled” area, all hopes of domestic and foreign tourism have been dashed as visitors are essentially banned. Even with recent virus infections down to just 1 over the past 3 days and single digits in the last week, the strict measures have not been lifted.

After Covid hit, hotels in Pattaya relied more on domestic tourists, which appeared to be working for several months after the city held more outdoor festivals to increase tourism traffic. Now, without domestic tourists helping to curb the financial downfall, the hotel industry has met many times with province leaders and represetatives from the Social Security Office of Thailand to ask for a forced legal closure which would allow their formal staff to get paid through social security benefits at roughly 50% of their daily wages.

The requests so far have been denied, leaving 30,000 hotel workers in Pattaya alone out of a job. Some hotels have managed to keep their employees and even providing meals and lodging for them. But smaller hotels have run out of money and are having to lay off staff without pay.

Such larger hotels as LK hotels and Dusit hotels are bringing their restaurant food to the streets and offering delivery but they say it is only to provide for their staff during these hard times. The Thai Government has stated they are looking at other options than a forced closure and social security payouts, but have yet to make a decision.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Yes back to selling off stalls in the street, and fishing, and farming.
    It was their Thai destiny.
    They had a few good years when the ferangs came, but alas, Thailand killed the golden goose.
    Try as I might I cannot feel sorry for them, in a country where I have to pay twice or three times the price of going into a Thai National park, hospital, or entertainment venue.
    Just as I would not feel sorry for a shark being run over by a speed boat.

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      Leo Z

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 8:57 pm

      There is some/a lot of truth in what you’re saying, but this report basically points to inadequate/incompetent planning by the Thai tourism sector AND the government. Thailand made a conscious decision to be the destination of “directed mass tourism” from China and turned away from being the long-term tourism/retirement destination from Western countries. In addition to the political risks this creates, it also leaves you vulnerable to losing the bulk of your tourism overnight.

      The victims now of course are the Thai tourism/hotel employees, who basically are now begging for benefits of up to 50% of daily wages, which (unbeknown to many foreigners) would amount to 7,000-10,000 baht a month.

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      Mel Burn

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:33 pm

      Sharks are much more valuable than people for the environment and they are not as stupid

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      maxcorrigan

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 8:48 am

      Twice or Three times for national parks, it’s actually ten times or 1000%, one reason i never go to these places,as do a lot of other fallangs!

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    Mr cynic

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Perhaps the hotel owner’s who have been raking in tons of cash for decades might want to have a look at their offshore bank accounts and perhaps hand a few baht over to the staff as opposed to sending them on to the street to complete directly with small mom and pop businesses that struggle to make an honest living at the best of times.

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Can’t be good news for the existing street vendors. That’s all they need is additional competition in a market that’s a shell of it’s former self. So if a hotel lays off staff those people are not entitled to SS? However if the government forces closure than they are? I understand why the government would not want to do so (the cost might be enormous) , but that really sucks for the people. In an economy with very low unemployment and a robust informal sector, that kinda works. However it sure doesn’t now.

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    Captain12

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Do we have to read these articles and comments until the beginning of 2022?

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      Rasputin

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 9:14 pm

      I think that is a certainty, and quite likely to extend a while beyond, it will all depend how the Thai government handles 2021. Personally I doubt it will ever return to be the destination it once was before 2020, IMO a reset of the tourism sector is inevitable, and long overdue.

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      Even longer

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:38 pm

      they are obviously hell bent on destroying the economy. But, hey, Europeans are doing exactly the same, only worse!

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      Toby Andrews

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10:43 pm

      You don’t have to read anything.

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Today, the Thai government is reporting 79 new cases of Covid-19, with 65 locally-transmitted, and 14 imported, raising the total to 26,241 since the pandemic began. 1 new death has been reported, raising the total amount of deaths to 85. The new infections, which are now in the double-digits, shows Thailand’s Covid situation as improving according to the assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Panprapa Yongtrakul.

“The two-digit level of new cases found at hospitals and communities shows that the local Covid-19 situation is under control.”

The CCSA reports that 43 of the 65 local infections were found in communities with 22 of the 65 found in hospitals across 4 provinces.

Samut Sakhon province, the source of the second wave of Covid in the Kingdom, reported 77% of the new cases. Of the 50 cases found in the province, 38 were found in communities and 12 were found at hospitals.

Pathum Thani reported 8 new cases, with 3 being found at hospitals, and 5 in the community. Bangkok reported 6 new cases at hospitals and Chon Buri reported 1 infection found at a hospital. 12 of the 14 imported infections were quarantined arrivals from Russia, The United Arab Emirates, The United States, Slovenia, South Africa, Germany, Libya and Italy.

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The other 2 imported cases were that of Thai women, who ellegedly returned from Myanmar illegally through a natural border crossing in Tak province, despite the government closing off natural border crossings after the February coup by the military in Myanmar.

Covid-19 cases rose worldwide by 446,747 over the past 24 hours to 116.21 million. The worldwide death toll rose by 9,955 to 2.58 million. The US still has the most cases at 29.53 million, rising by 68,321 over the past 24 hours, and the most deaths at 533,636, rising by 1,993 over the last 24 hours.

In light of the recent downturn in reported cases, Samut Sakhon has recently reopened 22 of its wet markets. However, the seafood market where the second wave of the Covid outbreak began, is not one of them, and it is not yet known when that might reopen.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, will chair a meeting on Monday, in which a vaccine passport scheme and potential travel bubbles will be discussed. Anutin says those who’ve been inoculated against Covid-19 will be issued with a book to confirm their vaccination. It’s hoped this will make international travel easier, as well as boosting the public’s confidence and helping life return to some kind of normality.

“The Public Health Ministry is making preparations to bring life back to normal, restore businesses and revive the Thai economy.”

A number of groups and industry representatives have added their voices to growing calls for a vaccine passport policy. The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking is urging the government to implement the scheme without further delay, while also calling for private companies in Thailand to be allowed purchase and distribute vaccines.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is also pushing for a vaccine passport policy, while the Tourism Ministry has urged the Health Ministry to approve one. Meanwhile the PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked the Foreign Ministry to carry out a study on vaccine passports, adding that the jury is still out as to their effectiveness. They also have their critics, primarily among rights’ groups and doctors, who argue that there is not yet enough evidence that vaccination prevents transmission.

At Monday’s meeting of the National Communicable Diseases Committee, the Anutin-led panel will also discuss the idea of travel bubbles. Thailand has been considering entering into reciprocal travel arrangements with countries with a high take-up of Covid-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile, Anutin says the public must continue with the practice of mask-wearing, noting that the number of Thais doing so has recently slipped. He says that recent data shows the number of people wearing masks has dropped below 80%, compared to 90% last month.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Hospital in northern Thailand closes to visitors after 2 patients test positive for Covid-19

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A hospital in the northern province of Tak has had to shut its doors to visitors after 2 patients treated at the facility subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. Nation Thailand reports that Mae Sot Hospital is now closed to visitors until Monday.

It’s understood that 19 staff members have had contact with 2 patients who tested positive for the virus. Hospital director Thawatchai Setsuppana says the closure is to facilitate a deep clean of the facility and confirmed that a number of medical workers are self-isolating.

“3 doctors, 11 nurses and 5 patient assistants have been ordered to undergo 14-day quarantine.”

Officials are now questioning both patients, in an effort to trace others who may have had contact with them. Tak province is on the border with Myanmar, which has had 142,000 cases of the virus, with 3,200 deaths.

Meanwhile, in the northern province of Sukothai, the provincial Public Health Office has confirmed that a Thai national who returned from working at a casino in Myanmar has also tested positive for Covid-19. It’s understood the woman developed symptoms prior to entering Thailand at the border town of Mae Sot on March 1, before taking a bus to her home in order to attend her grandfather’s funeral.

The provincial health office has issued a statement to confirm the timeline of the woman’s movements. It’s understood 17 people had contact with the woman, with 7 of those considered “high-risk”.

“On March 2, she took a Covid-19 test at Sukhothai Hospital and went shopping in Muang district before heading home. She was admitted to Ban Dan Lan Hoi Hospital on March 3 after her test came back positive.”

It is unclear how the woman managed to evade the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Border officials have stepped up patrols in recent weeks, amid fears that Burmese nationals fleeing the violence in Myanmar may attempt to cross illegally into Thailand, bypassing health checks and quarantine.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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