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The Ministry of Education has announced the beginning of the new school semesters. Originally, the two semesters were supposed to run from 16 May to 10 October and 1 November to 31 March, 200 days in total. The new semesters will be open from 1 July to 14 November and 1 December to 10 April, 180 days in total. (25/06/2020)
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The Cabinet has given its approval to nominate Doi Chiang Dao in Chiang Mai province to UNESCO as a new biosphere reserve by September. Doi Chiang Dao, the third-highest mountain in Thailand and part of a karst geological mountain range, has an abundance of rare wild fauna and flora, combined with the diversity of unique ethnic groups in the area. These conditions therefore meet the criteria defined by UNESCO for a biosphere reserve. (24/06/2020)
After the fourth phase of relaxed measures has been deployed, many establishments are resuming their services, including public swimming pools, both indoor and outdoor. The Department of Health has recommended the following prevention measures for the public pools in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19: (1) Keep the dressing rooms, showers, and toilets clean; (2) Employees and customers should wear a surgical mask or cloth mask; (3) Provide areas for washing hands with soap or alcohol sanitizer; (4) Keep a distance of at least 1-2 meters while in the pool and avoid contact; (5) Provide staff to look after the security in the pool; (6) Limit the number of customers, and each customer should use the service not more than one hour per days; and (7) Customers are required to check in and out for the service. (24/06/2020)
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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has prepared COVID-19 guidelines for its 473 public schools, aiming to allow as many students as possible to return to school on 1st July with COVID-19 prevention measures in place. At about 92-120 schools, class schedules will be staggered, with the first period, lunch break, and last period in some classrooms altered to prevent crowding. Classes for young students from Kindergarten to Primary Year 3 will be held entirely at school, while some classes for older students from Primary Year 4 to Secondary Year 6, may implement online and remote learning. All classes will be held at schools should the situation improve after a month of being open. (23/06/2020)
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the 3/2020 meeting of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Policy Committee.The Prime Minister expressed hope that agricultural development plan in the EEC area would be a model project for the new normal modern farming with proper land allocation and zoning for each economic crop, and the use of technology and Big Data in analyzing weather, water and soil condition, as well as efficient provision of water sources for agriculture. Farming in the EEC area will be market-led production, with technologies being adopted in each production process for value-added and product quality/hygiene enhancement. The products will be distributed via an online marketing channel. (23/06/2020)
The Secretary General of the Basic Education Commission disclosed that when the new semester begins, every school needs to strictly follow the COVID-19 preventive measures, which include temperature testing before joining the class, following social distancing, wearing a face mask, and providing alcohol hand gel in each area in the school. In cases when students have a high temperature, they will be transferred to a hospital, and if any students are found to have COVID-19, the school will be closed immediately. (23/06/2020)
With inter-provincial travel restrictions eased since earlier this month, many people have paid visits to domestic tourism attractions, bringing back lively excursions, yet with precautionary measures to prevent COVID-19 in place. (23/06/2020)
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The Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, has recommended schools and universities opening this semester to keep their canteen clean to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is essential for both students and food areas to follow guidelines. There are five main suggestions with the following sanitation measures: soap counters for washing hands are provided, keeping a physical distance, the canteen should schedule different lunch shifts, regularly clean areas and utensils, and provide freshly cooked food. (23/06/2020)
The Department of Health has advised the public to comply with the "new normal" when traveling to tourist attractions by following the prevention measures and instruction of the place to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Travelers are required to wear a surgical or cloth mask, keep the physical distancing of 1-2 meters, keep the hygiene up by washing hands with soap or alcohol gel, and help to collect the garbage before leaving the area to keep the attraction clean. (23/06/2020)
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To ease the restrictions of COVID-19 prevention in the fourth phase, the Government will resume the nations domestic tourism. To accomplish this, the Government is encouraging Thai citizens to support domestic tourism; however, every sector still needs to follow the preventive measures strictly to contain the virus and prevent the second wave of COVID-19 effectively. (22/06/2020)
Bangkok will open a sky park above the Chao Phraya River at the end of June. Chao Phraya Sky Park, an elevated garden 280 meters long, connects Phra Nakhon and Thon Buri sides. Chao Phraya Sky Park offers an above-the-water green lung where Bangkokians can appreciate greenery across the Chao Phraya River, with trees and plant grown along the pedestrian path. The park provides a scenic walking route with a lookout to the mighty river, and it is an ideal jogging route as it bridges King Prajadhipok Park and Chaloem Phrakiat Forest Park. (22/06/2020)
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The Department of Fisheries has assured the public that all aquatic animal products sold in Thailand are safe from COVID-19.The products consumed in Thailand have been checked and there are regulations on the boats in the fishing industry. Also, the aquaculture farms are required to achieve the Good Aquaculture Practices standard. (22/06/2020)
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The Airports of Thailand (AOT) has revealed its advice for inbound and outbound passengers at Phuket International Airport, including the mandatory compliance with the 14-day state quarantine. Domestic passengers are not required to go into quarantine, only passengers from overseas to Phuket. For more information about the airport measures, please contact the AOT hotline at 1722. Kindly contact the airlines for more information about flight schedules and available routes. (22/06/2020)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has presented the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration: SHA certificate to the Grand Palace, Bangkoks most-visited tourist attraction. To be awarded the SHA Certification, all establishments must observe the basic standards of hygiene, health and cleanliness for the entire premises, equipment, toilets as well as operational staff. The Grand Palace reopens to visitors from 7 June, and is open daily from 08.30-15.30 Hrs. (22/06/2020)
ThaiHealth recently announced the launch of Citizen Resilience Project by employing the idea of Order & Deliver and Chiang Mai Tuk-Tuk Model under the concept of Resilience, to draft the new community culture in using the public transport.ThaiHealths Director of Opportunity Promotion Section, Mrs Khempet Lenapan, said that the ongoing CoVid-19 situation is forcing people to make immense adjustment to their lifestyles. To help people cope with fast-paced changes in their lives, the organisation decided to open for project proposals under Citizen Resilience Project to present 55 projects under 5 strategies:CoVid-19 Literacy,Mental Health Relief,High-Risk Support,Social Distancing, andNew Normal. (22/06/2020)
The CCSA is in discussions about prevention measures to help musicians, pubs, bars, and karaoke shops that are still closed to resume their business again. Meanwhile, the public is encouraged to evaluate the establishments and services they go to on the Thai Chana application. Those establishments that not are not following the prevention measures will be examined by the Department of Disease Control. (22/06/2020)
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The Bangkok Planetarium has resumed its services since 20 June. The service is in line with the "new normal" to ensure the safety of customers. It will keep the physical distancing, so the planetarium show can accommodate up to 100 people per session. The English showtime will be available only on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. For more information, please contact 0 2391 0544, 0 2392 0508 or (22/06/2020)
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The Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, has introduced a "clean together" project, about the "new normal" for CLEAN Fitnessduring the COVID-19 pandemic. Going out for exercise at a fitness center is healthy. However, it is essential to be aware and cautious to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Before doing exercise, it is suggested to use alcohol gel and clean the equipments surfaces. During exercise, you should not touch your face. And, of course, if you are feeling sick, it is strongly recommended to stay home. (22/06/2020)
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation plans to install Tourist Boat Tracking by Digital Tracked Radio System for national parks. Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi, in Krabi province, will be one of the first parks to follow this practice. In addition, the public is encouraged to follow "new normal" guidelines during visits to national parks, especially by using the Thai Chana platform or application. It is suggested that the number of tourists be limited, and that everyone follow sanitization practices and physical distancing. (22/06/2020)
The Ministry of Public Health is preparing its services in line with the "new normal" to ensure the safety of customers and patients by (1) making the services more secure, (2) reducing the congestion of customers, and (3) providing equal and thorough services. During the spread of COVID-19, many hospitals have managed to reduce the congestion of customers by providing medical delivery for patients who have stable conditions without complications (such as chronic diseases) and wish to continue with the same dose of their medication. (19/06/2020)
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