Following three consecutive days with no new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), officials in Phuket have confirmed the popular resort island will reopen for business at the end of this month. The region had previously been in temporary lockdown to contain the spread of the virus.
The orders, which have been officially signed by Phuket’s outgoing governor Pakkapong Tawipat, confirm that “all orders of Phuket Province shall end on 30 April 2020.”
Phuket’s lockdown, which began on 13th April, put the island under an unprecedented level of safety controls. During this period, people have been confined to their homes and public health workers have visited every house in the province to take residents’ temperature. Anyone with a fever was isolated in specially designated hospitals. It appears these measures have had the desired effect, as Phuket prepares to lift the restrictions and reopen for business.
Last week, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced plans for reopening various tourism hot spots nationwide, provided social distancing and hygiene protocols continue to be practiced. According to the government plan, the province of Chonburi will be reopened from Friday, 1st May 2020. This means that both Phuket and Pattaya will emerge from lockdown at the beginning of next month, less than two weeks from now.
The news is further reason for optimism for those working in Thailand’s tourism sector, as the nation continues along the path to full recovery. Panorama Destination will continue to monitor the situation, and will post updates to our social media channels as soon as there is news to share: