Good morning and welcome to a roundup of the biggest headlines across Thailand this Thursday morning, April 30th. It is officially the expiry date for many provincial orders regarding lockdowns and restrictions, however, we can expect some announcements later today regarding how provinces will move forward into May.
For now, let’s look at the stories that have made headlines over the past 24 hours. Don’t forget, if you have a story, photo, or video you would like to share, you can do so here.
Alcohol ban expires, but will likely recommence on May 3rd
The alcohol ban expires at midnight tonight to the relief of many around the country. However, it seems very likely that the government will renew the ban to prevent social gatherings and parties.
Strangely, they will allow two days – May 1st and May 2nd – for people to buy and stock up on alcohol before the ban starts again.
So, if you are pining for a drink, make sure you take advantage of the two-day window to stock up while practicing social distancing of course!
Domestic flights set to resume from midnight tonight
While incoming international flights will remain banned until the end of May, limited domestic flights will resume from tomorrow in many destinations around the country.
One place where they may not resume, however, is Phuket after the governor signed a request to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand asking for Phuket airport to remain closed for another 15 days.
Thailand plans for the future of tourism
With the tourism landscape changing forever following the coronavirus pandemic, Thailand is planning to stay ahead of the game with new visas to attract long-term visitors.
The “disease-free” tourist package will target people who stay in the country for one month or longer and focus on offering “safe havens” from covid-19 on three southern islands.
The scheme will launch later this year and hopes to keep Thailand’s tourism industry alive by attracting westerners during winter months.
Thailand’s richest offer no financial help to Prime Minister
Following an open letter written by Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, some of the wealthiest people in Thailand responded but did not offer financial assistance.
While money was not explicitly requested in the letter, it was certainly implied. Regardless, the PM thanked people for their response and advise about how to move forward following the coronavirus pandemic.
Covid-19 number steady in Thailand, exploding in the US
Thailand’s official new covid-19 figures remained in single-digits yesterday. However, with a lack of testing these numbers likely do not give a full picture of the coronavirus situation in the country.
Meanwhile, the United States has passed one million virus infections with more than 27,000 dead from the virus. The country accounts for one in three covid-19 cases worldwide.