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The government is urging pubs and entertainment venues to reopen in a safe manner


Last Monday, the CCSA altered its color-coded zoning to designate 14 provinces as “green zones,” reopening nightlife on June 1. In blue zones, the same may be stated for 17 “tourist” provinces. However, nightlife operators in these provinces must continue to follow the Public Health Ministry’s sickness prevention standards. The Thai government is asking nightlife operators to keep safe and implement Covid-19 prevention measures when they reopen next month. Bars, nightclubs, karaoke lounges, massage parlors, and other entertainment venues will be impacted, but will be forced to close by midnight. Promotions for alcoholic beverages and other forms of marketing are prohibited. The warning follows a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday, at which it was agreed that nightlife in some parts of the country might return. At its meeting last Friday, the CCSA also decided to cancel the Thailand Pass for returning Thai citizens, but it will remain in effect for international arrivals.

For the time being, nightlife venues outside of the 31 green and blue provinces must remain closed. According to CCSA spokesperson Apisamai Srirangson, officials are aware that certain entertainment businesses have already reopened without a license. According to her, these enterprises will be issued a warning, but if Covid-19 infections are discovered on their premises, they will be closed for 3 to 5 days. Yesterday, Thailand reported 4,924 new illnesses and 37 new fatalities linked to Covid.According to Apisamai, the “yellow zone” still has 46 provinces with significant Covid-19 infection rates. Sakon Nakhon, Khon Kaen, and Roi Et provinces in the north-east, as well as Samut Sakhon province in the center, are among them.

The Thai Medical Council denies that private hospitals use foreign doctors


Every month, the medical council analyzes all applications for foreign doctors. It has a one-year expiration date and can only be used at state-run facilities. Several private hospitals claim to have foreign doctors on staff to assist with patient care and surgeries, despite Thai healthcare officials’ denials. To prevent liability issues, such medics are only allowed to work in state-run programs.

Doctors who apply for this type of certification must present confirmation of employment from state agencies, and their credentials will be reviewed throughout the process. They’ll also require a visa that allows them to work, as well as insurance in some cases. Following allegations that some medical institutions are employing foreign doctors, Tharet Krassanairawiwong of the Department of Health Service Support has issued a warning to private hospitals to follow the law. In response to allegations made by some private hospitals, the MCT’s secretary-general, Dr. Ittaporn Kanacharoen, stated that the few foreign doctors licensed to practice in Thailand must first acquire authorization from the MCT.

Thailand’s Medical Council, according to the Bangkok Post, has set a limit on the number of foreign doctors who can practice there.

A visitor in Pattaya claims he was beaten “bloody” by security officers near Walking Street


In the recent month, there has been a rash of crimes in Pattaya aimed at Indian tourists. The crimes have caused such a stir that a Pattaya police chief announced the development of a “specialized” police patrol team to monitor any illegal actions in tourist zones or crimes against visitors earlier this month.

A Pattaya visitor alleges security agents viciously assaulted him in the early hours of this morning after a near-collision while driving along the city’s iconic Walking Street. The visitor, a 31-year-old Indian national who asked to remain anonymous, claimed he came dangerously close to colliding with a group of security guards stationed in front of a venue on Soi 16.

According to the tourist’s account, he and the guards fought over who was to blame for the near-collision, and the guards then beat him “bloody” on his body but not his face. After the guards went, the traveler claimed he gathered a group of companions and returned to the venue to speak with the manager. On the other side, security did not let them speak to anyone. The visitor then went to Pattaya and submitted a police report, accompanied by a bloodied piece of clothing as proof. The police have now made it clear to business owners and security that personnel should never physically attack a customer, no matter how heated the situation becomes. According to Pattaya police, the cause of the near-collision is unknown. They claimed that the alleged security guards and venue management would be summoned later today (Sunday) to examine CCTV footage. Following the alleged assault this morning, police said they will hold a meeting with nightlife venue owners to provide de-escalation training and information on how to contact police in the event of a disagreement.