Relaxation of restrictions in Bangkok, Krabi, Phang-Nga and Phuket to welcome visitors

BANGKOK, November 1 (Bernama): From Monday, Bangkok and three tourist destinations, namely Krabi, Phang-Nga and Phuket, in “tourist sandbox areas” or “blue areas”, will see the cover- night fire raised and restaurants allowed to serve alcoholic beverages.

Although pubs, bars and entertainment venues remain closed in these tourist areas, most restrictions on business and recreational activities will be lifted as the kingdom is set to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from 46 countries and low-risk territories from November 1.

The easing of restrictions comes after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha chaired the Center for Covid-19 Situation (CCSA) meeting today.

Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesperson Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said the CCSA today reduced the number of “strict and maximum controlled areas” or dark red areas from 23 to seven, namely Chanthaburi, Tak, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla.

“In order to contain the Covid-19 epidemic in the ‘dark red areas’, the 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. curfew remains in place,” he said during the daily COVID-19 briefing here today.

To date, Thailand has recorded 1,893,941 cases of Covid-19 and 19,070 deaths.

Meanwhile, Prayut urged people and businesses to observe and strictly adhere to the preventive measures of Covid-19 to ensure the safe reopening of the country from Monday.

He also urged people with “opposing views” to cooperate and avoid creating a bad image of the country as the kingdom is about to welcome international travelers.

Thailand will welcome fully vaccinated visitors from November 1 from 46 low-risk countries and territories, including Malaysia, with visitors exempt from quarantine. – Bernama

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