Thailand to open nightlife, let in some foreigners - Asia Times
Thailand’s nightlife will restart with some restrictions this week, the kingdom announced on Monday, part of a return to normalcy as it prepares to welcome business travelers and medical tourists after a ban on foreign entry. So far Thailand has 3,169 cases and 58 deaths from Covid-19 – a low toll considering the kingdom in mid-January became was the first country outside China to register a case. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said the “most at-risk businesses” will be allowed to reopen from Wednesday, as there has been no local transmission of the virus for more than a month.
Massage parlors and teahouses – which sometimes act as fronts for brothels – will also have to register customers using the government’s tracking app.
“Staff must be tested for Covid-19 from time to time and there should be no sex trade,” Taweesin said. Thailand will also relax entry restrictions on foreigners with work permits or with Thai spouses and families, and people who wish to enter the kingdom for medical services.Business travelers from Japan, South Korea, Singapore and China, including Hong Kong, will also be allowed in, provided they pay for quarantine in hotels.