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Struggling massage parlours petition government for financial assistance

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Representatives of Thailand’s spa and massage parlour industry are pleading with the government to provide some form of tailored financial aid to offset the impact of Covid-19. Yesterday, the Charawi Association for the Conservation of Thai Massage submitted a letter to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, who also chairs the government’s Covid-19 task force. In it, they call on his administration to recognise the economic devastation facing spa and massage businesses that have been forced to close as a result of the resurgence of Covid-19. Spokesperson Pitak Yotha says despite obeying all the rules, the industry is being punished unfairly.

“Since the first wave in Thailand, massage businesses have employed strict measures advised by the Public Health Ministry, including limiting the number of customers, rearranging the service area to abide by the social distancing rule, and providing thermal screening. However, spa and massage businesses were 1 of the first groups ordered to shut down and also the last to be allowed to reopen, which is not fair.”

According to Pitak, there are around 1,700 spa and massage businesses operating in Bangkok, with another 15,000 around the country. Thousands have been forced to shut up shop for good.

“As many as 11,000 businesses have reported permanent closure due to lack of money, while about 4,000 that are still open are following the guidelines laid out by authorities. We would like the government to relax its shutdown measures on massage businesses, or at least come out with relief measures, such as exemption on property rent until the situation improves.”

He adds that existing aid packages and stimulus measures introduced by the government are of little relevance to the spa and massage industry.

“Many spa and massage businesses have limited access to the government’s soft loans provided via financial institutes, while other campaigns such as ‘We Travel Together’ or ‘Let’s Go Halves’ are not specifically tailored for customers of spa and massage businesses.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Maverick

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    This story is unlikely to have a happy ending

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      preesy chepuce

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:34 pm

      I’m surprised nobody made a crack about relief measures and stimulus measures.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    It was “fair” that they were closed, and only reasonable.

    What’s not “fair” is that despite them being ordered closed they have received no compensation.

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      James R

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 10:41 pm

      Issan John

      Thailand?

      Compensation, are you mad?

      The Tooth Fairy does not really exist.

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        J West

        Friday, January 8, 2021 at 10:06 am

        Perhaps they can retrain as psychics? Seriously though, my shopping bill has increased fifty percent due to alms giving to a growing number of beggars. Obviously, subsidizing the rich has limited benefit to the poor.

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        George Verbeec

        Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:12 pm

        But people with common sense do exist.
        It is a win win to subsidise businesses during a crisis. Otherwise they go down and that costs much more than the subsidy.

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    James R

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Last year in phuket I went to a spa resort for a traditional Thai massage with my wife.

    At the reception they said it will be one price for a Thai and double the price for a farang so we walked out through the almost empty car park and drove away.

    So what goes around comes around I see.

    Perhaps now they will not be charging anybody for anything.

    I had a Thai restaurant at the time in England and if I had tried to charge extra for Thai people they would have reported me to the police.

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