BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand on Friday mentioned it could delay the reopening of nightlife leisure venues to Jan. 15 regardless of pleas from the trade to make it sooner.
A spokesman for the federal government’s COVID-19 administration cited considerations about air flow and inefficient prevention measures in pubs, bars and karaoke joints.
“The specialists present their concern about reopening these locations due to the low air flow and the gang, which might be tough to regulate,” mentioned Taweesin Visanuyotin, a spokesman for the Heart for COVID-19 State of affairs Administration. “We’ll enable the companies to reopen, however we would begin testing in some areas first.”
Beginning in November, Thailand started reopening to totally vaccinated guests with out quarantine, easing the lockdown that has triggered large job losses and hardship. Tourism accounted for some 20% of the economic system earlier than the pandemic.
The Thailand Nightlife and Leisure Enterprise Affiliation had hoped that nightlife companies, shut since April, would reopen subsequent month.
Confirmed coronavirus instances have continued to fall, with 7,305 recorded on Friday with 51 deaths. About 65% of the inhabitants have been partially vaccinated.