HotelsThailand is toughening its response to coronavirus

Phuket hotels close, nationwide curfews imposed

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Thailand is imposing a six-hour overnight curfew.
Thailand is imposing a six-hour overnight curfew. Photo Credit: SimonLehmann/iStock/GettyImagesPlus

PHUKET - The Phuket Governor has ordered all accommodation establishments registered as hotels on the island to close from 4 April.

The government will block all travel to Thailand including by Thais, until 15 April. It has imposed a curfew, banning all people nationwide from leaving their homes from 10pm to 4am.

Hotels that already have guests are allowed to remain open, but not allowed to accept new guests.

The Phuket hotel shutdown comes as Thailand ramps up its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government will block all travel to Thailand including by Thais, until 15 April. It has imposed a curfew, banning all people nationwide from leaving their homes from 10pm to 4am.

All beaches, parks, zoos, animal shows, boxing stadiums, all types of sports stadiums and water parks are to be closed until further notice.

Thai Airways has placed all of its staff on temporary leave with reduced pay from 4 April to 31 May 2020.

The airline suspended flights on 1 April and is currently hoping to resume operations on 31 May 2020, though this could change depending on travel restrictions linked to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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