Koh Lan lockdown, tourists evicted

Koh Lan lockdown, tourists evicted

Tourists ordered off Koh Lan alight at a pier in Pattaya. The island is closed to  outsiders from Tuesday to Jan 20. (Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong)
Tourists ordered off Koh Lan alight at a pier in Pattaya. The island is closed to outsiders from Tuesday to Jan 20. (Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

PATTAYA: About 100 tourists were evicted from Koh Lan on Monday, as the island was placed under lockdown from Tuesday to Jan 20.

The lockdown was announced on Sunday evening by the Koh Lan Covid-19 committee.

It followed the announcement by the public health office of Chon Buri province that people who travelled between Pattaya and Koh Lan during Dec 18-31, via the Bali Hai boat pier, should closely monitor their health.

That came after a person was found infected with Covid-19 at a ticket vending point. 

The Koh Lan announcement required operators of lodging houses and resorts to clear out all tourists on Monday, and not accept new guests until the situation had been resolved.

Before leaving, all tourists were asked to inform the Koh Lan Covid-19 committee as soon as possible if they developed Covid-like symptoms.

On Monday morning, boats began taking tourists off the island.

On arrival at Bali Hai pier they were sprayed with disinfectant and had their temperature taken by city health officials. At the same time, tourists who wanted to go to Koh Lan were told of the lockdown and turned away .

The measures imposed at Koh Lan:

- All lodging houses and resorts to clear out all tourists by Jan 4 and accept no more guests  until the situation has been resolved;

- Residents of Koh Lan are not to leave the island. If the trip is urgent, they must go through full health screening on arrival in Pattaya. Anyone wanting to travel to Koh Lan for business must get prior permission from the Covid-19 centre at the boat pier. The trip must be certified by a contact on Koh Lan;

- Koh Lan residents are to monitor their own health. If they develop Covid-19 symptoms, they should immediately report to the island's medical centre. or call 038-434144;

- On Koh Lan, there is a curfew from 10pm-5am;

- Speed boat services between Pattaya and Koh Lan are suspended. Urgent travel must be arranged through the Covid-19 centres at the boat piers;

- Restaurants on the island are open for take-home service only;

- Migrant workers are definitely not allowed to travel to or from the island;

- All announcements issued by Chon Buri province must be strictly observed; and

- From Jan 5-20, for essential trips, there will be three ferries a day between Pattaya and Koh Lan, departing Pattaya at 7am, noon and 6pm, and from Koh Lan at 7am, noon and 5pm.

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