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Officials confirm Koh Larn will remain open to domestic visitors for now

Maya Taylor

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Officials in Pattaya and Koh Larn say there are currently no plans to close the island to visitors despite a man who worked briefly at a local restaurant testing positive for Covid-19. It’s understood the worker was employed from April 3 to April 6, before quitting. During his short employment stint, he visited a number of nightlife venues in Pattaya during the course of one evening, before returning to the island. The name of the restaurant where he worked has not been released.

The man was later contacted by contact-tracers and subsequently tested positive for the virus. The Pattaya News reports that the restaurant on Koh Larn was closed for 3 days, with officials testing several people the man had come into contact with. It’s understood all have tested negative but are self-isolating for 14 days.

No other infections have been recorded on the island, with officials confirming it can remain open to domestic tourists, with strict disease prevention measures in place, including mandatory use of the contact-tracing MorChana app. Officials have also urged people to comply with mask-wearing regulations, saying a small minority – mostly foreigners – are failing to do so.

There is currently no planned lockdown for the island, with high-risk venues such as bars and clubs already temporarily closed. Restaurants and hotels remain open to domestic tourists and outdoor activities such as boat tours and diving can still go ahead until such time as the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration deems otherwise. The province of Chon Buri currently does not have any restrictions in place for those entering or leaving.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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    Somchai

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Thong lor police were all wearing masks and all tested positive. Yes masks may help but don’t believe they are the cure like Thais want you to believe.

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    z

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    “saying a small minority – mostly foreigners – are failing to do so.” another racist statement. I also working at hotel, mostly locals are failed to wear masks, every morning needed to remind them.

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Chon Buri is being sensible. They take the risk; the tiny risk some person might die of catching the virus. Life goes on. Crossing the road or driving on a road is more dangerous, but they do not close the roads . . .

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    Kim

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Agree. I visit Tukcom on Pattaya Tai frequently. Every time the security guard insists on me – a European with white skin, blue eyes, relatively big nose – stopping, disinfecting my hands, writing my name and telephone number on the list. And while I am doing so, he lets half a dozen Thais come in without none of these requirements.

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