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Proof of vaccine might be needed to enter “high risk” stores in shopping centres



Photo via Facebook/ อนุทิน ชาญวีรกูล (Pubic Health Minister)

Along with restaurants in “dark red” zones planned to start requiring documents for dine-in services, people may also need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to enter certain stores in shopping centres starting in October. Employees will also need to be fully vaccinated, according to the Department of Health. A full list of “high risk” businesses has not been released, but will likely include barber shops, hair salons, and beauty clinics.

The Department of Health announced the plans for the measure they call the “Covid-Free Setting.” The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration briefly described the plans for the “Covid-Free Setting” late last month, saying that those in “dark red” provinces will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to enter businesses that are considered to be at “high risk” for Covid-19 transmission.

The CCSA said a “Green Pass” would be issued to those who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, and a “Yellow Pass” would be issued to those who have tested negative for Covid-19, or who have recently recovered from the virus.

Reports on the new measure have been fairly vague, and no official announcement has been published in the Royal Gazette.

“Covid-Free Setting”

For “high risk” businesses, like hair salons and restaurants, in “dark red” zones classified as a “Covid Free Setting,” the business must follow steps to ensure the environment, employees, and customers are “Covid free.” There are currently 29 provinces, including Bangkok, classified as “dark red” zones.

Covid-Free Environment

Surfaces that are touched frequently must be sanitised every 1 to 2 hours while other surfaces and products should be cleaned regularly. The air-conditioning system must be cleaned at least every 3 months and business must adopt either a HEPA air filtration system or install a local air filtration device.

Covid-Free Personnel

Employees must be fully vaccinated, unless they have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 3 months. Staff must also undergo an antigen Covid test every week.

Covid-Free Customers

Customers must show proof that they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, have tested negative for Covid-19 in the last week, or have recently recovered from Covid-19.

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SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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