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Govt dedicates 238 rai for B1.4bn sports complex

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MAI KHAO: The Treasury Department has signed an agreement with the Phuket Sports and Recreation Development (SRD) Office allowing 238 rai of government land in Mai Khao to be used for a sports training complex costing 1.4 billion baht.

The agreement was signed February 23 by Tamrong Tongtan, Head of the Phuket Provincial Treasury Office, and Promchote Traivate, Head of the Phuket Office of Sports and Recreation Development.

The land, near the Welcome Gateway under construction in Tah Chat Chai, is under the control of the Treasury Department’s State Property Management and Services Office, or Ratchapassadu.

The first phase of the project includes three connected buildings – an administration building, a sport science center and a dormitory – as well as a parking area.

Work is expected to begin next year under a 15-million-baht budget from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, K. Promchote told the Gazette.

The Phuket SAT office is currently drawing up a budget proposal, he added. Other sports facilities, including gymnasiums and outdoor sports fields, will be built with funding from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).

Additional funding is expected to come from the private sector. The Treasury Department has authorized the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to consider any private sector development proposals for the site that comply with Ratchapassadu land use regulations, K. Promchote said.

The idea to site a sports complex was originally championed by former Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura.

The 238 rai now earmarked for the project is less than half of the area originally sought by the province.

In a January 2006 proposal submitted to the province, the Phuket Office of Sports and Recreation Development intended the sports complex to include a multi-purpose indoor stadium for basketball, volleyball, badminton and martial arts; outdoor tennis and basketball courts; outdoor pool with spectator seating; shooting range; facilities for “extreme sports”; and a boathouse for sailing and water sports.

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive. The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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