Re-opening of Bangkok pushed again 2 weeks to succeed in 70% vaccination goal

Following a meeting 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 shall be pushed back to October 15, as most residents are nonetheless ready for their second vaccination. Currently, just Billion of residents are totally vaccinated.
The Bangkok Post reviews that the unique plan had been to open just 21 Bangkok districts, however Governor Aswin Kwanmuang suggested waiting till each space could be re-opened, to avoid inconveniencing tourists who must journey throughout districts. Phiphat says the re-opening of the capital will profit tourism nationwide.
“The quarantine-free entry by way of Bangkok will benefit the whole country as vacationers often go to Bangkok as their first destination earlier than travelling to different provinces. With the 7+7 extension plan which will be enabled on the similar time, tourists can stay within the capital metropolis for simply 7 days and select another eight provinces within the pilot re-opening programme as their second selection.”

The well-liked tourist islands of Phuket and Samui, the primary 2 individuals within the sandbox programme, have now been joined by Phang Nga and Krabi, with Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, and Cha-am to follow shortly. Phiphat adds that if quarantine is finally decreased from 14 days to 7, sandbox visitors won’t be restricted to places within the 7+7 extension programme, however can travel anyplace in the nation from day eight.
Meanwhile, the minister adds that in addition to re-opening to international vacationers, he hopes home tourism may also resume from mid-October, adding that he expects travel restrictions to be relaxed from October 15.
“From mid-October, we is not going to solely open for worldwide vacationers, but the home stimulus campaigns which goal to spur local spending shall be rolled out on the identical time.”

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