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All businesses in Thailand to resume on July 1 as the country expects 50,000 foreign arrivals starting next week

According to a report on Bangkok Post, all businesses and activities in Thailand will be allowed to resume on July 1 – including entertainment venues and “soapy massage” parlors.

Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, announced  the decision on Wednesday as regulators had drafted for the fifth round of resumption of business and activities “when complete relaxation will occur”.

Dr Taweesilp said schools will be open fully and restrictions on opening hours at malls will be lifted. Pubs, bars and karaoke will reopen, but is only allowed to operate until midnight and no sales promotion activities to attract customers are allowed.

Premises offering a bath-sauna-massage service will reopen on the condition that customers and staff wear face masks and observe social distancing – except during “bathing time”, Dr Taweesilp said.

“Customers are required to check-in using the Thaichana app or to register their visit manually,” he said.

The government will continue to require body temperature screening, the use of face masks, social distancing, regular cleaning, one-month of surveillance camera footage to facilitate disease investigation, and use of the Thaichana app for check-in and check-out.

Dr. Taweesilp also said that 50,000 foreigners will start to arrive into Thailand starting next week comprising of business representatives, skilled workers, experts, people with Thai families, teachers, students and patients who agree to quarantine.

This include about 30,000 medical and wellness tourists, 15,400 skilled workers/experts; 2,000 teachers, educational personnel and students; 2,000 foreigners with Thai families or with residences in Thailand; and 700 business people and investors. Members of this group have already registered for visits and agreed to undergo quarantine.

Another group to be admitted includes business-people and investors who will pay short visits, and guests of the government and governmental organisations. They would be tested for Covid-19 both before and upon arrival, have health insurance and be monitored by medical personnel.

The other group of tourist to be welcomed includes travelers under the travel bubble scheme, Dr Taweesilp said although details on this final group is still yet to be finalized. This group of tourist could be allowed in starting August 1 on condition they undergo “Villa Quarantine”, meaning they stay in their accommodation and do not travel. 

The arrivals were expected to boost investment and tourism income, he said.

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