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Phuket Confirms Easing COVID Measures


Published: June 27, 2022 at 7:58 pm
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On June 25, Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew signed a new provincial decree easing restrictions for nightlife venue businesses immediately and confirming that the new COVID regulations for foreign tourists would go into force on Friday, July 1.

The new directive aligns Phuket’s COVID measures with those issued by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on June 17.

The most recent ruling invalidates a number of previous provincial decrees and certifies that face masks are no longer mandatory in public areas.

All previous provincial directives requiring entry conditions for overseas travelers have been removed.

The ruling also eliminates the mandatory Thailand Pass registration starting July 1.

The directive requires all foreign arrivals to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative findings from an antigen test (ATM) within 72 hours of arrival.

All conditions for Alternative Yacht Quarantine and State Quarantine have been removed. All sea arrivals must now comply with the same entry procedures as all other entries by land or air.

All food and beverage businesses and entertainment venues such as pubs may provide services for the distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the facilities so long as they comply with the applicable regulations of the venue and adhere to all safety measures.

Activities in large groups of people are now allowed provided the full compliance with health and safety measures.” Organizing an activity with more than 2,000 participants needs to get approval from the proper authorities. These activities must follow all necessary safety measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Although the announced ruling did not define the specific rules that business owners of the venues mentioned earlier must adhere to, authorities have made it clear that operators must comply with health and safety measures to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19

The decision pertaining to the resumption of “normal rules” for the venue owners, as mentioned earlier, owners did not mention that the new ruling would take effect on July 1. The omission renders the new provisions effective as of the order’s date, 25 June.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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