Thailand News Today | 400+ Bars Apply To Re-open as Restaurants

The president of the Airlines Association of Thailand says the federal government should enable the Test & Go entry scheme to resume as quickly as potential. The scheme was suspended on December 21 as the Omicron Covid variant was simply beginning to unfold rapidly across the globe. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, who is also the boss of Bangkok Airways, says the scheme was working well, attracting more foreign guests to the kingdom, and airlines are anxious to see it rebooted.Puttipong says the federal government must assess the severity of Omicron and resume Test & Go based on the number of serious infections. Since the scheme’s suspension, worldwide arrivals must select between necessary quarantine in Bangkok or one of many country’s sandbox schemes, all within the south. If they go for one of many sandbox entry schemes, they have to spend a minimum of seven nights in Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga or Koh Samui after which test adverse for Covid-19 earlier than being free to journey elsewhere in Thailand.Puttipong is urging the government to vary its strategy to the Omicron variant due to the milder illness in vaccinated people. He points out that airways already use stringent well being safety measures. Domestically, there’s additionally been a drop off in flights as some passengers determine to play it protected presently.Meanwhile the boss of Thai Lion Air, says the government’s approach to the Omicron variant – in particular, the choice to droop Test & Go – has created significant uncertainty for the aviation sector. He adds that TLA has no plans to restart worldwide flights presently and is asking on the federal government to provide extra assist for home tourism, by introducing stimulus measures and subsidies that may encourage extra individuals to travel in-country.—-The jury’s out on Thailand’s new 300 baht tourism fee, with foreigners expressing reservations about its introduction. The Thai authorities has confirmed that every one abroad arrivals must pay the 300-baht levy from April 1…. Perfect day to launch anything I would have thought. If you try lots of the social media, many foreigners are not so fussed concerning the actual payment, just how will in all probability be spent.Last week a authorities spokesman beforehand acknowledged that the charge might be used to develop and upgrade tourist sights, creating disabled access and adding facilities such as public bathrooms. He says folks flying into the dominion may have the payment included of their airfare, while those coming by land or sea must hand over the dosh on the border. The tourist tax isn’t a first and travellers have been paying quite a lot of arrival and departure taxes in Thailand for many years.——Thailand’s annual Cobra Gold navy train, the place Thai soldiers train the US and other international troops on jungle survival abilities, is being scaled down this yr because of the current Covid state of affairs.The massive, multinational military train has been recognized for its snake decapitating demonstration where soldiers drink the recent blood from the headless snake earlier than cooking the meat… well, the Thai media love covering that facet anyway. Last August, after calls to stop the snake demonstration and different ugly traditions that concerned killing animals, PETA announced that not a single animal was killed in the 2021 Cobra Gold exercise.The Royal Thai Armed Forces say Cobra Gold, which is run in coordination with the US navy for the explanation that Nineteen Eighties, will be downsized this 12 months to 3,600 troops with 1,seven-hundred of them from the US and different taking part nations whereas the other 1,900 will be Thai troopers. The event will run from February 20 to March 5.—-More than 400 bars, nightclubs, and leisure venues in Bangkok have applied for permission to reopen as restaurants, sneaking by way of a loophole whereby restaurants in Blue Zones are able to serve alcohol, at least till 9pm as of right now. The venues have been closed since last April as a outcome of strict disease management measures. The government delayed its plan to permit bars and nightclubs to reopen in mid-January due to the latest outbreak in Thailand, but decided to allow the venues to use for permission to reopen as restaurants, so long as they made all of the adjustments required to satisfy requirements for SHA+ approved restaurants presently.A whole of 413 former bars and golf equipment have utilized for permission to reopen as restaurants and a few are nonetheless being assessed by officers.All staff members will need to be vaccinated and customers who’re unvaccinated will have to show a unfavorable ATK check result before entering. The area also needs to be ethereal and spacious enough for social distancing. Restaurants serving booze after 9pm can face a fantastic of up to 7,000 baht for his or her first offence. But, as we’ve seen, the enforcement of those guidelines has been inconsistent… at finest.—-Despite central government recommending schools transfer to home learning until January 31, schools in Phuket have been informed they will re-open, regardless of the high variety of Covid infections on the island. The Ministry of Education had suggested Thailand’s colleges to suspend in-classroom studying because of the latest surge, however the Phuket governor has issued an order permitting schools on the southern island to re-open.A copy of the order was posted on the Facebook page of the Phuket Information Centre yesterday, stating that colleges on the island can resume onsite learning for faculty students of all ages. According to the publish, the governor issued the order with the approval of the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee. The latest order from the Phuket governor is in impact until the end of this month.—-The authorities has suggested netizens to be cautious after the Revenue Department’s Twitter account was hacked by unknown cyber attackers. This time the hackers deleted almost all earlier tweets on the account and changed its identify to Revenue/NFT. They then posted only one tweet, which read, “I’m seeking to collaborate with NFT initiatives. ติดตั้งโซล่าเซลล์ใกล้ฉัน (direct message) me if you’re interested in paid promotion!”It’s not yet recognized who was behind the assault however NFT stands for non-fungible token on the earth of cryptocurrencies. The attack comes as the Thai government confirms new tax measures targeting the crypto market.Following the cyberattack, the Revenue Department advised the public to be cautious of any tweets appearing on its account. The department also notified the Anti-Fake News Centre. The account now seems to have been restored and the Revenue Department has instructed the Anti-Fake News Centre to search out those behind it. Last week the government’s primary news outlet, the NBT, had their Twitter account hacked with a pornagraphic picture appearing… to the shock of many… maybe the delight of some.—-And Thailand is now using synthetic intelligence to spread Buddhist messages. Meet Phra Mana AI, Thailand’s first digital monk. He seems about 30 years old, however says he understands the “teenage world.” The AI abbot shares easy-to-understand doctrine in an effort to focus on the model new technology.He just had his first interview with Thai media, telling reporters that his Thai creator and developent group have been inspired by virtual influencers in numerous countries. His creation is aimed att

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