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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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    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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    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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      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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    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    When will condo swimming pools in Jomtien reopen?

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    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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