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Massage shops and spas in Chon Buri get the “okay” to reopen

Caitlin Ashworth

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Massage shops and spas as well as other similar venues in Chon Buri will be allowed to reopen after being closed for nearly a month due to strict Covid-19 control measures. Massage and spa workers gathered earlier this week, calling on the government to allow their businesses to reopen.

Along with massage shops and spas, tattoo studios and beauty clinics are also allowed to reopen, but must abide by Covid-19 prevention measures like checking customers’ temperatures, supplying hand sanitiser and enforcing social distancing.

Pattaya News notes that gyms, pools, fitness centres, saunas and massage shops offering “soapies” are not included in the order.

Although Chon Buri has gone 6 consecutive days without a local Covid-19 case, it is still classified as a “red zone.” The Centre for Covid-19 Situation will hold a meeting on Friday and will discuss whether to reclassify the province as an “orange zone,” allowing tourists to visit without permission from a district official.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    Stardust

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    I can go to the massage but cannot go into the swimming pool and have 0 cases in Chonbury. So where is the logic or science of the health authorities and where is their common sense?

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    brian mc

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    i knew there would be a happy ending soon fnaar fnaar

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    That will be a relief.
    I’m glad that his matter eventually had a happy ending.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Looks like the “massage shops” will have to get new menus printed without “soapies” … maybe just a healthy “four hand” massage instead …

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    Nipral

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    All we miss now is..clients !

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      7.62mm of darwin

      Friday, January 29, 2021 at 6:36 am

      All we miss now is clients….With all the obstacles to travel in Thailand along with all those in the country you are travelling from, Australia has prohibited all overseas travel its going to be THE problem.

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    Fred glue

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    OK lads, I am not in Thailand yet but will be in the first opportunity. It’s time too set our market prices.
    On all the massage shops, all us so called ( FAR-LUNGS) we don’t barter anymore. The prices have got too come down, too at least 40% off the price that they are offering. The tourists have not got that money anymore. Have your fun by all means, get drunk, but don’t be nasty. We have done a lot of support over a lot of years. Walk if you can & by pass transport, I know Thai ladies will not walk . I know it’s hot weather all the time, keep your hard earn money tight, it is so expensive in Thailand, I even get cheaper clothes here in oz.
    Sure Thai people are entitled too earn money like the rest of us. We are not that rich anymore, like this thirston
    Howell the third. Don’t get that drunk, off goes your head & on goes the pumpkin. If inclined too have a bet on the horses, be sober, when you bet with the bookies, you will never see a bookie drunk, or even a alcoholic drink in his hands. Life is fun, & there is no better place on the planet then too have fun in Thailand.
    It’s been tough as we all know, let’s bring back fun. We could all do a little bit of that right now. ???.

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      EdwardV

      Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:35 pm

      It will be interesting to see if the prices drop, a market correction if you will. The number of tourists will be light for the first several months at the very least. More likely the first 1.5 – 2 years. It should be a buyers market. Here is to a 2021 dropping of the quarantine, fingers crossed.

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    Thomas

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    When will condo swimming pools in Jomtien reopen?

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    Jason

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    I know that in my country a standard 28 days with no cases of community transmission is considered the benchmark to lift restrictions between states. That is both logical and scientific as it represents two times the infection cycle. My country is on day 10 of no community transmission in the entire country. These measures work.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Thailand to introduce “area quarantine” for international visitors from April

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From next month, foreign visitors to the Kingdom will be able to experience the delights of “area quarantine”, after the government confirmed the scheme for 5 provinces. Following a meeting with the Public Health Ministry, the Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn confirmed that Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri (Pattaya), and Surat Thani (Koh Samui and Koh Pha-ngan) have been chosen to pilot the scheme.

Foreign tourists opting for area quarantine will be required to remain in their hotel rooms for the first 3 days of their stay. They will be tested for Covid-19 and, if negative after 3 days, will be allowed to leave their room and roam freely around the resort for the remainder of their 14-day quarantine. At the end of the 14-day period, they will once again be tested for the virus and, if negative, allowed to travel around the quarantine area.

In order to avail of the scheme, tourists will still need to fulfil the other requirements for travel, including obtaining a Certificate of Entry, a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to travel, and adequate health insurance. Nation Thailand reports that the area quarantine plan will be run by 29 travel agencies, under TAT supervision.

The area quarantine scheme comes as the TAT hails the success of the first “golf quarantine” scheme, which operates in a similar manner. Travellers from countries considered “low-risk” for Covid-19 can come to Thailand for a golf holiday at approved golf resorts in the Kingdom. Conditions are similar to those attached to area quarantine, with the golfers having to spend the first 3 days in their room, test negative for the virus, and then enjoy free rein of the resort, with a few rounds of golf thrown in.

Thailand’s economy has been decimated by the fallout from the pandemic, in particular the loss of international tourism. The current mandatory 14-day quarantine period is seen as the biggest hurdle to overcome in order to re-ignite the sector. In 2019, international tourism contributed 2 trillion baht out of a total 3.01 trillion baht tourism trade. In the same year, tourism made up 17% of Thailand’s GDP.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Massive 6-metre-long python caught in Chon Buri

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While tending to his land and preparing to cut down some banana trees, a Chon Buri man came across a massive 6-metre-long, 100-kilogram python. 8 people worked together to pull the giant snake out from the vegetation. The python tried numerous times to escape. It took around 30 minutes to catch the snake.

The landowner told Thai media reporters that the area is frequented by workers and he was surprised a large python was nearby. While there tends to be snakes in the area, he’s never seen a snake this big.

“We were cleaning the area before we were surprised to discover the python. We have always had snakes in this area occasionally but never one quite on this scale, especially in a garden and farming area that is frequented by local residents.”

Animal rescuers were called to the seen and took the giant python to a secluded forest away from locals.

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Bike rider killed after crashing motorbike into parked truck in Chon Buri

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An 18 year old motorbike driver has been killed after ploughing his bike into the back of a parked truck. The Pattaya News reports that the incident took place at the weekend, in the eastern province of Chon Buri.

Emergency workers arrived at the scene in the Baan Suan sub-district to find Sahapat Tippuang with serious head injuries. It’s understood the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, but it came off in the course of the accident. The motorbike was severely damaged.

The 19 year old truck driver, Akkaradet Sangprach, says he had pulled over to the side of the road to check directions for where he was going.

“I was heading from Samut Prakan to a temple in the Mueang Chonburi district. I got lost before I stopped on the side of the road to look up directions on my GPS unit. While I was researching how to get to the temple in Chon Buri, Mr. Sahapat crashed into the back of my pickup truck.”

Police are reviewing CCTV footage as part of their investigation.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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