The Kingdom of Thailand had planned to open the country for tourists starting June however it is now reconsidering the decision as there is a fresh wave of coronavirus that is battering the country and thus jeopardizing the tourism plan of the country.
In order to control fresh cases of Coronavirus, the country has closed schools, amusement parks and has banned the sale of alcohol in restaurants for two weeks as the new cases are rapidly spreading in the country.
The closure of bars, pubs & karaoke bars in the capital city, Bangkok which is the epicenter of the outbreak might be extended nationwide until the end of April. This was decided in a meeting held on Thursday by National Committee on Communicable Diseases. Bangkok and 17 other provinces will be considered as maximum controlled areas and about 59 other provinces will be designated as controlled areas.
Speaking about the new rules, PM of Thailand, Prayuth Chan-Ocha in a meeting of Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said to consider fresh curbs. The popular SE Asian nation had ordered the closure of entertainment venues in Bangkok and 40 other virus hit provinces for at least 2 weeks. This rule is made to contain the 3rd wave of coronavirus which is said to have emerged from bars and pubs in the capital city.
These control measures have dampened the annual Songkran festival which is one of the popular festivals celebrated where friends and family reunite. Additionally, holidays during this festivals are more, however, for the second straight year, there has been weak private consumption and domestic tourism.
The further restrictions can delay plans to lure vaccinated tourists and further weaken the economy of this tourist-dependent nation.
Thailand reported 1543 fresh cases covid-19 cases on Thursday, a single-day record in the number of new coronavirus cases. The 3rd wave of coronavirus in the country has spread to more than 70 provinces and has sickened 8500 people where some of the strains are more contagious than the one found in the first variant.