Thailand: Re-opening in three phases?
A plan for reopening the tourism industry in Thailand has been proposed. If it is adopted the plan would see the country opening up in three phases. Only visitors from countries that have got their covid-19 infections doe to zero with the last thirty days would be eligible. So far that only incudes China, Japan and Taiwan though more may be added later.
The first phase would see five key areas open. The Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT)is already preparing 6 and 7 day packages for Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket and Pattaya. A maximum of one thousand arrivals per day across all locations will be allowed.
Phase one could begin as early as August. Only tour groups would be admitted, since it is easier to monitor group activities and travel. If swab testing runs smoothly and there are no new infections within the first month the second phase will follow. This would allow for a greater number of visitor arrivals and more areas of the country becoming accessible.
The third phase would follow the successful implementation of the first two. Adopting the same screening safeguards the whole country could finally open to both groups and individual travellers.
The idea has yet to be approved by the Public Health Ministry.
• Meanwhile, in Soi Bangla, Phuket’s famous nightlife district only a handful of venues bothered to open after the last of the lock down restrictions were lifted. Among the concerns appears to be a list of twenty-two rules for social distancing some of which may prove difficult to adopt. But rules or not if you have no customers there seems to be little point in opening.
Picture: Patong Beach, Phuket