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Thailand launches scheme to keep tourists safe - and healthy

Some Bangkok restrictions are about to be eased.
Some Bangkok restrictions are about to be eased. Photo Credit: Domepitipat/iStock/GettyImagesPlus

BANGKOK – Thailand wants to move quickly to restore confidence in travellers once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The government plans to roll out an “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration” campaign to enable qualified tourism businesses to display a safety certificate logo.

Thapanee Kiatphaibool, TAT deputy governor for tourism products and business, said to receive certification organisers of tourism and sports activities, as well as events and meetings, must exceed minimum standards set by the Public Health Ministry.

This week, the Thai government extended its state of emergency by another month starting 1 May, in a move to prevent Covid-19 from spreading further, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said. The 10pm to 4am curfew will also be maintained.

However, restaurants, markets, sports centres, public parks and golf courses in Bangkok are set to reopen on May 1 with significant restrictions, including social distancing.

Restaurants have been ordered to separate seats by least 1.5 metres.

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