Thailand AirAsia bans masks with ventilation valves from September 3
Thai AirAsia, a low-cost carrier that will resume domestic operations on Friday, September 3, has announced that it will require masks to be worn on board at all times and that masks with ventilation valves will be banned. This is because a mask with a ventilation valve cannot be expected to prevent the spread of viruses.
Passengers will be denied boarding if they do not wear masks or wear inappropriate masks and do not follow the staff's instructions.
Some European airlines have already limited the masks that can be worn on board to medical masks and non-woven masks. An increasing number of companies are not accepting cloth masks, and there is a possibility that Asian airlines will have stricter conditions regarding mask types in the future.
Bangkok and other Dark Red Zone provinces resume in-store eating from September 1, prohibiting the provision of alcohol
Thai government annouced that they will partially ease the lockdown of cities that are taking measures against spread of COVID-19 infections in the dark red zone of 29 provinces including Bangkok from September 1.
Now the restaurant can offer only take-out service, but eating at the restaurant will be permitted up to 8:00 pm. The provision of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. It is allowed to operate indoors with air conditioning up to a capacity of 50%, and outdoors with sufficient air circulation up to a capacity of 75%. The same standard applies to restaurants operating on the premises such as department stores. The department store is open until 8 pm.
Conditionally allow hairdressers (hairdressing, haircut only) and foot massage to resume operations.
Cram schools, movie theaters, amusement parks, water parks, swimming pools, fitness centers, arcades, internet stores, banquet halls and conference halls will continue to be closed. Parks, playgrounds, stadiums, competition and entertainment pools, public swimming facilities, outdoor sports facilities, indoor sports facilities are allowed to operate up to 8:00 pm.
The upper limit of group activities in the highest strict control area is less than 25 people.
Curfew from 9:00 pm to 4:00 am in the Dark Red Zone area will continue until at least September 14.
For restaurants, department stores, beauty salons, etc. are allowed to reopen, but employees are required to be vaccinated twice, and customers have to show a vaccination certificate (green card) or negative certificate (yellow card). The rules of the stores to visit need to be checked in advance.
Following the relaxation of movement restrictions, airlines will resume full-scale domestic flight operations. Thai AirAsia plans to operate 11 routes including Don Muang-Chiang Mai and Don Muang-Phuket from September 3rd.
Thai long-distance bus resumes service from September 1st
The bus station is ready to open for service on the northern-eastern-south routes, totaling 26 routes on 1 September, reiterating strict safety controls for employees, buses and bus stations. according to preventive measures against COVID-19 strictly.
For routes that will be open for service, consisting of 8 northern routes, namely Bangkok - Khlong Lan, Bangkok - Lom Kao, Bangkok - Chiang Mai (B), Bangkok - Thung Chang, Bangkok - Uttaradit, Bangkok - Mae Sot, Bangkok - Mae Sai and Bangkok - Pa Daet - Chiang Khong
North-Eastern and Eastern Route 10 routes, consisting of Bangkok - Nong Bua Lamphu, Bangkok - Nakhon Phanom, Bangkok - Loei - Chiang Khan, Bangkok - Surin, Bangkok - Buriram, Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani, Bangkok - Mukdahan, Bangkok - Rattanaburi, Bangkok - Chanthaburi - Trat and Bangkok - Saraburi
Southern routes: 8 routes, consisting of: Bangkok (Mo Chit 2) - Takua Pa - Khok Kloi, Bangkok (Mo Chit 2) - Phuket, Bangkok (Mo Chit 2) - Krabi, Bangkok (Mo Chit 2) - Trang - Satun, Bangkok (Mo Chit 2) – Koh Samui, Bangkok (Mo Chit 2) – Hat Yai, Bangkok – Songkhla and Bangkok – Su-ngai Kolok
Users can book tickets in advance for traveling with the Bus Station through the Bus Station website, 7-Eleven stores, all service counters, or ticket agents. For details, please contact the bus ticket offices of the bus terminals across the country and call center 1490.
Massage shop can open in "Dark Red Zone" from September 1st
Thai Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration(CCSA) announced at a press conference on August 27 that deregulation of will be applied in "dark red zone"from September 1.
The regulations in the "Dark Red Zone" from September 1st as follows.
◯ Curfew from 9 pm to 4 am.
◯ The restaurant must close at 8 pm. In-store food and drink can be used up to 75% of seats without air conditioning and up to 50% with air conditioning.
◯ The shopping center closes at 8 pm. Cinemas, spas, amusement parks, fitness centers, swimming pools and meeting rooms are closed.
◯ Beauty salons and hairdressers are open. Massage is foot massage only.
◯ Public transportation limits the number of passengers to 75% or less.
◯ Activities with more than 25 people are prohibited.
◯ Educational institutions need approval from the Ministry of Education.
◯ Outdoor stadium is open by 8 pm
29 provinces which are classified as "Dark Red Zone" is below.
Prachuap Khiri Khan
New car sales in Thailand decreased by 12% in July, the lowest this year at 52,000 units
The number of new cars sold in Thailand in July, compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) Automobile Subcommittee, decreased by 11.6% from the same month of the previous year (down 15.1% from the previous month) to 52,442 units, the lowest in the past seven months. From January to July, it increased by 9.7% from the same period of the previous year to 425,633 units.
Strict restrictions have been implemented for a long time, mainly in the tourism industry and restaurants, to prevent the infection of the COVID-19, and the affected industries have been seriously damaged. It is thought that this situation is also affecting automobile sales.
Domestic automobile production increased 37.5% year-on-year (down 8.5% month-on-month) to 122,852 units in July, and January-July increased 39.1% year-on-year to 966,453 units.
Total automobile-related exports including finished vehicles and parts increased by 75.4% year-on-year to 65.51 billion baht in July, and from January to July increased by 51.6% year-on-year to 46.95 billion baht.
Thai Chamber of Commerce Proposes "Bangkok Sandbox" Model
The Thai Chamber of Commerce has proposed a "Bangkok Sandbox" model that will resume service to vaccinated customers only.
According to Sanan Angbolkul, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, he proposed three measures, first is business resumption of businesses that meet SHA + and other standards, second is promotion of businesses in accordance with the coronavirus infection prevention guidelines, and third is promotion of 70% staff vaccination rate. The SHA + model is currently in use in the Phuket Sandbox Project.
The second suggestion is to use a digital health pass for vaccinated customers. it will use the Ministry of Public Health database to give their business services to customers who can show the results of ATK tests.
Those who have registered for vaccination provided by the Thai government will have the details of the vaccination recorded in the "Doctor Ready" or "MohProm" application, and this record will be used as the "Digital Health Pass".
The third proposal is to start a pilot project for a particular retailers who can strictly follow infection control measures.
Currently, in Bangkok, strict business ristrictions have been enforced for a long period of time, mainly in the retail industry, and each store continues to suffer enormous economic damage. Exhausted business owners are calling for the earliest possible reopening of stores. The "Bangkok Sandbox", which can freely provide services to vaccinated customers, will save the lives of many businesses. We hope that they will speed up vaccination in Bangkok and implement the "Bangkok Sandbox" as soon as possible to prepare for accepting foreign tourists to Bangkok.