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Thai government pleased with ongoing suppression of Covid-19 despite nightlife re-opening



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The spokesman for Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, says that despite his initial concerns, there has been no new spike in virus cases following the re-opening of the country’s nightlife. While discussing phase 5 of the easing of Covid restrictions, Dr. Taweesin admits that many medical experts, including himself, had been uneasy about the move.

However, he says PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was anxious for people to return to work. In places like Pattaya, nearly 80% of businesses are in the entertainment and hospitality sector. Dr. Taweesin says that 2 and a half weeks after the re-opening of nightlife venues that had been closed for nearly 4 months, Thailand has not seen any new cases of community transmission.

Bars and entertainment venues have been subject to a long list of rules governing their re-opening, many of which business owners deemed unworkable. However, it’s understood most venues have used common sense and complied with hygiene measures, with the police going easy on them as they adapt to the new way of doing things. Nightlife venues are still required to close at midnight, a matter not mentioned by Dr. Taweesin. Many business owners are anxious to have this rule lifted, saying their revenue has taken enough of a hit as result of the lock-down.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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  1. Lance

    Monday, July 20, 2020 at 11:57 am

    I am so ready to go back to my second home! I live in the USA and I am ready to see my GF and see my home again:( please open up soon 🙁

    • billy

      Monday, July 20, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      I heard that! wish you well mate.

    • billy

      Monday, July 20, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      i heard that! i wish you the best mate.

    • billy

      Monday, July 20, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      i feel you brother

  2. Toby Andrews

    Monday, July 20, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Why close the bars at midnight? Anyone know?
    Or is it just because the Thais authorities love to say no.
    It seemed to break their hearts to allow the bars to open in the first place.

    • billy

      Monday, July 20, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      i dont know but I got the he k out of thai a few years ago. i have condo in philippines, waiting for them to open. at least thai start to open. nothing yet for the phils

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