Thailand to re-open bars, allow in some foreigners

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Taweesin Visanuyothin

THAILAND on Monday said it would re-open schools, bars and brothels from Wednesday as well as allowing some foreigners into the country again, officials said.

Meanwhile, a state of emergency due to the pandemic was set to be extended for another month.

Earlier, the spokesperson for the government’s coronavirus task force, Taweesin Visanuyothin, said pubs and bars would be allowed to open until 12 mid-night, the deadline for alcohol sales nationwide.

Visanuyothin said those visiting brothels would be required to log in to the government’s online tracking application or to sign in to a logbook on every visit.

“All schools can also re-open and departmental stores will no longer have to shut by 9 p.m. he said.

He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had proposed to allow some foreigners into the country from Wednesday, including those with work permits and their families.

As well as those with residency in Thailand, those married to Thai nationals, those travelling for medical purposes, foreign students, and those with special arrangements with the government.

He said there will be a quota to allow in 200 business travellers per day from Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore and Hong Kong who made special arrangements to visit Thailand.

“But they will have to pay for Alternative State Quarantine Programme, which includes: spending between around 32,000 baht (or 1,000 dollars) to 144,000 baht (or 4,665 dollars) to stay at high-end, state-approved quarantine facilities for 14 days.

“A state of emergency will also be extended by another month to give authorities legal power to impose virus prevention measures,” he said. (dpa/NAN)

– Jun. 29, 2020 @ 13:25 GMT |

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