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Chon Buri could be removed from “red zone” list, tourists expected to flock to Pattaya



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After several consecutive days without a local Covid-19 case, Chon Buri might soon be removed from the government’s list of “red zones” for high risk of Covid-19. Once lockdown restrictions are eased, the coastal province expects to have an influx of tourists to Pattaya.

The province has been under strict disease control measures and is classified as one of the 5 coastal province with the highest risk under maximum control to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Many have been calling on the government to loosen restrictions and allow nonessential businesses to reopen. Massage and spa workers gathered yesterday, calling on the governor to allow their businesses to reopen. President of the Thai Hotels Association Eastern Chapter, Phisut Saekhu, is also calling for restrictions to be lifted, saying many hotels have shut down due to the pandemic and other businesses face serious liquidity problems.

Chon Buri has gone 6 consecutive days without a local Covid-19 transmission. The provincial governor Pakarathorn Thianchai says he’s informed the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and expects the province will be able to ease restrictions soon.

Other high risk “red zone” provinces, including Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, may also be removed from the list. Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutacha says the CCSA will meet on Thursday and will look into changing the classification for those provinces from red to orange.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post| Nation Thailand

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  1. P D N

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Cases seem to be virtually zero in Chon Buri, I can’t see any logical reason not to let businesses open up again

    • Hugh Mungus

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:13 pm

      Tourists Flocking to Pattaya? Yeah Right.

      • Frank

        Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:53 pm

        Was thinking the same lol what a nonsense weekend even more quiet then a Monday hahahaha

  2. What tourists?

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    it must be those “10 million wealthy Chinese….”

  3. Issan John

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    Are the restrictions not imposed by the provincial governor, at his discretion, not “the government”?

    I may be wrong, but AFAIK while the CCSA classifies the provinces by risk all the restrictions are actually imposed directly by the provincial governor, nobody else.

    • Toby Andrews

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:03 pm

      Please can you stop posting in abbreviation letters. I do not know what the hell you are posting.
      It is just lazy writing.

      • S2K

        Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:05 pm

        CCSA = Covid-19 Situation Administration
        It’s only mentioned in just about every Thailand Covid-related article.

        • Toby Andrews

          Friday, January 29, 2021 at 2:51 pm

          Well anyone posting under S2K, will approve of abbreviations.

    • James Pate

      Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 4:19 am

      I believe that you are correct. I sure do miss Jomtien and wish everyone there well! There won’t be any “flocking” until bars reopen!

    • Nipral

      Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 12:42 pm

      Its not because you have nothing to say that you shut up. Give us a brake !

  4. Robert Clarke

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Influx of Tourist ? More like a big Influx of Covid Spreaders.

  5. Giovanni

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    I’m sorry but why does the Thai government think that tourist will all of a sudden ” Flock ” to Pattaya? Is Covid gone? Are the 14 day quarantines gone? Do you mean Domestic tourism? There has but talk, talk and talk about ” Vaccine Passports ” but as of yet, those do NOT exist and even if it did for Thailand it certainly does not in the United States. I wish it was so. I wish that all of a sudden, a huge influx of tourist will be there after reopening, but the reality is, that until we get 75% percent of the WORLD POPULATION vaccinated, you’re looking at tourism in Thailand restarting in 2022 the earliest!!

  6. J West

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:17 am

    A concern of mine is a fly-over examination of all other jurisdictions internationally, developed and underdeveloped, that miraculously “ Beat Covid” and threw their doors open to tourists, only to have a death wave scythe through the community shortly after.. Can we be sure that ‘ No Cases for a Week’ doesn’t just mean fewer tests? Like many here, I’ve been rich and poor, but being alive beats both.

  7. Geoff

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Anyone would think it was New Year…

  8. Troj

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    So pattaya is closed now? I just talked with a bus driver in Ekkamai and he said its okay to travel to pattaya and that they have buses go there. he also said i can come back the next day to bangkok. So whats the truth here? can i go to pattaya or not?

    • Toby Andrews

      Friday, January 29, 2021 at 2:55 pm

      Only if you flock Troj.

  9. S2K

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Definitely not going to be flocking to Pattaya, with Chronburi today deciding to close all hotels and attractions. If the stupidity didn’t happen so often, it would be comical. Now, it’s just frustrating. I’m just finishing up my Alternative State Quarantine, and was planning to spend time at some Pattaya resorts. Not anymore!

  10. Apolo

    Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Absolutely, Giovanni, all these people in the Thai government are just talk, talk & talk, without taking any actions instead taking care of its citizens & restoring the economy. They kept worrying on quarantine all the time & always picking on farangs. They should be starting testing their locals about 10 months ago & wait till the 2nd wave arrived. Too late now & it happened.

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