Re-opening of Bangkok pushed again 2 weeks to reach 70% vaccination aim

Following a gathering between the Bangkok governor and the tourism minister, officials have determined to delay the re-opening of the capital by 2 weeks. Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says the capital’s re-opening will be pushed back to October 15, as most residents are still waiting for their second vaccination. Currently, just Secure of residents are absolutely vaccinated.
The Bangkok Post reports that the original plan had been to open simply 21 Bangkok districts, but Governor Aswin Kwanmuang advised ready until each space may be re-opened, to keep away from inconveniencing vacationers who have to journey across districts. Phiphat says the re-opening of the capital will benefit tourism nationwide.
“The quarantine-free entry through Bangkok will benefit the whole nation as vacationers normally visit Bangkok as their first destination earlier than travelling to different provinces. With the 7+7 extension plan which might be enabled at the identical time, tourists can keep within the capital metropolis for simply 7 days and select one other eight provinces in the pilot re-opening programme as their second choice.”

The well-liked vacationer islands of Phuket and Samui, the primary 2 members in the sandbox programme, have now been joined by Phang Nga and Krabi, with Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, and Cha-am to comply with shortly. Phiphat provides that if quarantine is finally decreased from 14 days to 7, sandbox visitors will not be restricted to places in the 7+7 extension programme, however can travel anyplace within the nation from day 8.
Meanwhile, the minister adds that as properly as re-opening to foreign vacationers, he hopes home tourism may also resume from mid-October, including that he expects travel restrictions to be relaxed from October 15.
“From mid-October, we won’t only open for international tourists, however the domestic stimulus campaigns which purpose to spur local spending will be rolled out at the similar time.”

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