Walking Street in Pattaya is quiet now, but life is expected to return after pubs, bars and other entertainment facilities reopen their doors on Wednesday. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
All night entertainment venues will open their doors again on Wednesday and some foreigners will be allowed into the country, but not tourists, as virus lockdown restrictions are further eased.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday gave permission for all remaining entertainment facilities to reopen from Wednesday. They include pubs and bars, karaoke bars, and bath-sauna-massage establishments. Health measures, monitoring and use of the Thai Chana website will be required.
Investors and highly skilled workers from Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore will be allowed entry to the country on condition they enter quarantine. Short-term business visitors will be exempt from the requirement.
Foreigners who have family in Thailand, and those who have homes in the kingdom, will also be allowed to return.
Allowing in tourists from countries matched up with Thailand through a "travel bubble" did not get full approval.
Foreigners coming to Thailand for medical treatment will be allowed in from Wednesday, but they must be accompanied by their partner, and enter quarantine at the hospital they go to.
The decision to open up more businesses, and some travel, was made after more than a month without any new local infections being recorded in Thailand.
The meeting also agreed to extend use of the emergency decree until the end of July.
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accompanied (verb): with someone else going with you - ติดตาม, ร่วมทาง, เดินทางไปด้วย
approval : official permission - การอนุมัต
decision (noun): a choice or judgement that you make after thinking and talking about what is the best thing to do - การตัดสินใจ
emergency decree (noun): a situation where the government takes on special powers in a dangerous situation and the rights of the people are often limited in some way - ประกาศภาวะฉุกเฉิน
exempt : not affected by something - ได้รับการยกเว้น
measures (noun): actions taken to solve a particular problem - มาตรการ
quarantine (verb): to keep a person or animal that might have a disease separate from other people or animals so that they do not catch the disease - กักบริเวณ จำกัดบริเวณ
quarantine (noun): a situation in which a person or animal that might have a disease is kept separate from other people or animals so that they do not catch the disease - การกักบริเวณ, การจำกัดบริเวณ
remain : to still be present after the other parts have been removed, used, etc; to continue to exist - ยังเหลืออยู่
require : to make somebody do or have something, especially because it is necessary according to a particular law or set of rules - บังคับใช้ (กฎหมาย) กำหนด
skilled : having enough ability, experience and knowledge to be able to do something well - มีทักษะ,