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Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has completed the renovation of Khaosan Road, and the road will be reopened with its new look in August. In addition, BMA also has plans to renovate KraisriRoad, Rambuttri Road, and Tani Road, to make the tourist locations in the Bang Lamphu quarter more attractive. (19/06/2020)
The Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and public and private sector organizations in the tourism industry are joining hands to create the project "Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration," or "SHA," to enhance Thailand's tourism industry standards and develop confidence among tourists. It is also intended to prepare Thai tourism operators for the return of tourism post-COVID-19. (19/06/2020)
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The Center for COVID19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has allowed the reopening of activities for marriage ceremonies and ordinations. The host should openevaluations on the Thai Chana platform with a QR code. The following points are five keys to safer celebrating:follow physical distancing, wear a face mask, frequently wash your hands, dont crowd,and keep the location clean. (18/06/2020)
According to theTourism Authority of Thailand, the Royal Thai Government has approved a domestic tourism stimulus package worth 22.4 billion Baht, proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Ministry of Finance as part of the efforts to mitigate the impacts of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis and accelerate recovery in the travel and tourism sector. The project is expected to stimulate two million domestic trips during 1 July 31 October, 2020, and help generate income for accommodation establishments, airlines, tour companies, restaurants, and related businesses. (18/06/2020)
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has invited all airlines with international flight services to reach a mutual understanding about observing the new public health measures issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Many in-flight services have to be practiced with extra concern for hygiene. They should follow its hygiene measures, such as social distancing, clean food and beverage services during the flight, taking body temperature, passengers having to wear masks, and flight attendants having to wear gloves and a mask when providing services. These practices will also be implemented on domestic flights. (18/06/2020)
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To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Health has introduced guidelines for sanitary management in kitchens and canteens in schools before reopening in July. The preventive measures include keeping the kitchen, canteen, food, and drinking water clean, providing washbasins and soap, following social distancing in the area, and staggering lunch breaks. Additionally, every container and utensil must always be cleaned before using, and staff must wear an apron and a facemask and always wash hands before and after cooking, for example. (18/06/2020)
The Minister of Interior disclosed that, by easing the COVID-19 preventive measures in the fourth phase, the Government intends to restore peoples livelihoods and the general economy, especially tourism, which have been affected by the spread of COVID-19. In this regard, each province needs to promote helpful campaigns that the general public may follow to help them resume economic activity and focus on safety and health simultaneously. The campaigns should be based on three principles: (1) maintaining sanitary conditions, (2) strict quarantine, and (3) downloading and applying the Thai Chana application. (17/06/2020)
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has encouraged the public to eat cooked food, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. At the same time, the Thai government has paid random site visits to continuously check on the fresh market areas and make sure they follow its hygiene measures, and it is monitoring each establishment through the customers' evaluations on the Thai Chana platform. (17/06/2020)
The Public Health Ministry has encouraged the public to wear a face shield in the correct way by wearing it together with a face mask, because wearing only a face shield runs the risk of spreading the virus to others. On television variety shows in which people do not wear a face mask, they must keep 1-2 meters of space from other guests, even if they wear a face shield. If we work together, we can reduce the chance of a second wave of COVID- 19. (17/06/2020)
The Thai Film Archive is offering a screening program called "HOPE" with inspirational and faith-building movies from around the world, for example "The Pursuit of Happyness" (US) and "The Cave" (TH). There are both Thai and English subtitles in the movies. The program will be held from 16 to 30 June 2020 at Sri Salaya Theatre, with free admission. Interested persons may check the screening schedule and contact : https://www.facebook.com/ThaiFilmArchivePage. (17/06/2020)
The Department of Disease Control has advice on three easy steps for using face masks: (1) change the surgical mask every day; (2) wash the cloth mask every day after using it; and (3) wash your hands before and after taking off the mask. After using a surgical mask, drop it in the bag and close it tightly, and then throw it away in a waste bin for infectious material. (17/06/2020)
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The great variety of ocean resources is growing ever more abundant in the Gulf of Thailand as human activities normally exploiting the sea life, were paused during the COVID-19 outbreak. At Koh Tao in Surat Thani province, scuba divers came across a 3 to 4-meter-long whale shark, swimming around the Hinbai diving spot with a school of black kingfish. The impressive whale shark is the second such shark found near Koh Tao recently. The whale shark, possibly 4 meters long, was named Dot, as it had many spots on its body. (16/06/2020)
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has announced the scheduled reopening of 127 national parks across Thailand from 1 July.From 1 July, a total of 64 national parks will be fully reopened and another 63 will partially reopen.The reopening will be under strict COVID-19 control measures including advance entry reservations to limit the number of visitors to reduce overcrowding, and the use of the Thai Chana online platform for check-ins and check-outs. Social distancing will be enforced at all parks. (16/06/2020)
The Department of Livestock Development (DLD) has debuted the guarantee logo Livestock OK to assure consumers that they will consume safe livestock products. They can be certain that shops with this logo will be selling safe and qualified livestock products, such as pork, chicken, duck, beef, and eggs, from farms to customers. Currently, 6,000 businesses, which include markets and modern companies, have already joined this project. (16/06/2020)
Airports of Thailand has updated the list of available airlines at its six airports nationwide. (1) Phuket International Airport has four available airlines: Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air, and Thai Vietjet Air. (2) Suvarnabhumi Airport has three available airlines: Bangkok Airways, Thai Smile, and Thai Vietjet Air. (3) Don Mueang Airport has three available airlines: Air Asia, Nok Air, and Thai Lion Air. (4) Chiang Mai International Airport has six available airlines: Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air, Thai Smile, and Thai Vietjet Air. (5) Mae Fah Luang - Chiang Rai International Airport has five available airlines: Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air, Thai Smile, and Thai Vietjet Air. (6) Hat Yai International Airport has four available airlines: Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air, and Thai Smile. Not all airlines are operating at present, but all airlines listed will be operating by 30 June 2020. Kindly contact the airline for more information about the flight schedule and available routes. (16/06/2020)
After China found out about COVID-19 infection on a fish cutting board, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reaffirmed that there's no report of the virus infecting salmon in Thailand. But there are many things that might create a risk of infection, such as fish, cutting boards, and knives. So the public is advised to hot eat cooked meals. (16/06/2020)
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To ease the Covid-19 preventive measures in stage 4, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has allowed 11 services to reopen their businesses from 15 June onwards. The 11 services include (1) tutorial schools, international schools, and small private schools, (2) convention centers, exhibition halls, and cinemas, (3) restaurants, (4) nurseries and welfare centers, (5) science education centers, (6) filming, (7) spa and sauna services, (8) places for outdoor activity, (9) ocean parks and amusement parks, (10) stadiums and fitness centers, and (11) game arcades. (15/06/2020)
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved the lifting of the curfew and the implementation of the fourth phase of easing restrictions starting from Monday, 15 June. The public transport services in Bangkok have adjusted the operating hours in line with the normal time. (1) Airport Rail Link 05.30 24.00 hr.(2) BTS Sky Train 05.15 24.00 hr. and (3) MRT Bangkok Metro 05.30 24.00 hr. (15/06/2020)
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Krabis Deputy Governor led a team to survey tourist attractions and preparations for the return of tourists when the Governments measures to ease the restrictions imposed to control COVID-19 are implemented. They inspected the ecosystem, met with the operators, and asked them about preparations of various businesses in Railay Bay, Phra Nang Bay, and Ton Sai Bay. They also provided advice on the reopening of businesses in accordance with the measures of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health. However, some businesses will open in early July 2020 to help employees return to jobs and start earning an income. (15/06/2020)
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The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has proposed the project "Travel Bubble," which will allow tourists from countries that have good measures in controlling the disease to travel in Thailand in a "new normal" style without being quarantined. The target groups are business persons and medical tourists. The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration will consider details of the project on 17 June. It is expected to have 1,000 tourists per day. (15/06/2020)
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