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Phuket orders 10-day closure for entertainment venues



PHOTO: The bright lights of Phuket's club scene will be closed for 10 days.

This morning the government of Phuket has ordered the closure of all entertainment venues, bars, and nightclubs on the island of Phuket for 10 days. This shutdown will effectively cancel the upcoming Songkran festival for the popular holiday destination. Three entertainment venues have been closed for 14 days starting tomorrow aside from the blanket closures, as these venues were previously traced to Covid-19 infections. The 3 venues closed for the 14-day period are the popular clubs Illuzion, Cafe del Mar, and the Shelter Shop.

The closure comes just days before the Songkran festival holiday period, traditionally a booming time with big business from domestic travellers. The thousands of expected new customers being diverted will result in huge losses of income for the entertainment and tourism sector. Realizing that this closure will have a drastically negative effect on local businesses, the Phuket officials have invited owners of bars and entertainment venues to meet directly with them to discuss the difficult decision and how it was reached.

The governor of Phuket made this order at a meeting with the communicable disease committee of Phuket earlier this morning around 9 am. The closure order has not yet been officially announced and is planned to take effect starting tomorrow. As of now, it is unclear whether bars will be allowed to open and operate this evening.

Hua Hin, but similarly popular resort town, though less famous than Phuket, has also ordered a closure period of 4 days. The decision was made in meetings last night to close entertainment venues for 4 days. These shutdowns come in the wake of a surge in Covid-19 infections around Thailand due to exposure at entertainment venues. 40 Coronavirus infections were reported in Chon Buri today alone. The infections have come from bars in Bangkok, Pattaya, Si Racha, Phuket, Hua Hin and more locations and are threatening numerous entertainment venue closures in the coming days.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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  1. toby andrews

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    I’m sure bar owners in Phuket have now given up all hope of making living.
    It is one emergency after another there. Another day = another ban.
    What confidence will any that are willing to endure quarantine have now in this moronic, set of fools running Thailand.
    Why go to Thailand when they can close everything down at any time?
    Open and take the risk. The tiny risk . . .
    The tiny risk of being infected, and then the 3 percent risk of dying if infected, but only for the old, fat, and sick already.

  2. Jason

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    I know this would be a crushing blow to bar and night club owners hoping to make up lost ground, but in the absence of widespread vaccination, a lockdown now, gives contact tracers a chance to find and isolate people who may have contracted the virus. Short term pain for long term gain. If the government is serious about a July 1 reopening (and I hope they are), then comply, wear a mask, wash hands, keep distance etc. It doesn’t guarantee the virus won’t go “Viral”, but it loads the dice in your favour!!! It work here in Australia.

  3. Keith Farang

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Your right on the money Toby Andrews and in my humble opinion nothing will of changed in 12 months time.
    If the bar owners in Pa tong haven’t excepted by now its over,then more fool them.

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