Thailand draws up safety guidelines for tourist attractions, beaches

Thailand’s health department and public health ministry are recommending curbs on the number of visitors at popular tourist spots to avoid a second wave of Covid-19, as the government mulls the reopening of more attractions and businesses ahead of schedule.

Following a two-month closure, Bang Saen Beach in Chonburi province begun welcoming visitors again this week.

Safe distancing and wearing of masks among new guidelines for Thailand’s tourist spots and beaches

Department of Health (DOH) director-general, Panpimol Wipulakorn, said that even though restrictions on domestic travel have been eased, travellers should continue to practise safety measures such as social distancing, wearing masks, and regular handwashing.

The DOH is collaborating with the relevant agencies to establish health and safety guidelines at tourist attractions and beaches. Tourists numbers will be limited and they will have to maintain a safe distance from each other. As well, water activities will be limited, with fewer allowed on banana boats, speed boats, and rubber hoops.

Tourists are expected to strictly adhere to the location’s guidelines, wear a mask at all times on the beach, wash their hands frequently, refrain from shouting when swimming, and maintain a one- to two-metre distance from each other both on land and in water. Public employees are also required to wear a face shield and gloves.

In addition, handwashing stations and gel will be made available at tourist facilities, while public washrooms will be cleaned at least every two hours.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said businesses and activities which has plans to prevent virus transmission may reopen ahead of schedule in the final phase of the Covid-19 lockdown.

He added that the CCSA is also discussing the fourth and final phase of the relaxation of businesses and activities that are in the highest-risk category, such as pubs, bars, discos, and event venues.

The government plans to completely lift the lockdown on all businesses and activities across the country on July 1. This includes the lifting of interprovincial travel restrictions, as well as ending the emergency decree and curfew. Both the emergency decree, as well as the ban on international travel will end June 30.

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