Government tacitly approves new Bangkok opening date

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration and several members of the cabinet on Wednesday will consider a new November 1 reopening date for Bangkok after disagreements between several government bodies.

Bangkok was originally scheduled to reopen to vaccinated tourists by October 1 which was later pushed back to October 15 due to protests by Bangkok Governor Asawin Kwanmuang.

The Bangkok governor’s office said that those dates were premature due to still-high Covid-19 infection numbers and not enough vaccinations for people in the capital.

Now according to the members of the government, a November 1 reopening date has been tacitly approved by the CCSA, the cabinet, and the Bangkok governor if vaccination rates reach 70 per cent of Bangkok’s population and infection numbers lower.

Currently, only Phuket and Samui are open to vaccinated tourists without quarantine. The Ministry of Tourism said that it would aim to boost domestic tourism while the government negotiates a unanimously agreed upon reopening date.

Bangkok saw 2,455 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday even as mortality rate has fallen due to increased vaccinations.

46 million shots of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered between February 28 to September 21 including 15.9 million second doses. Thailand vaccinated 811,915 on Tuesday.

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