Phuket orders lockdown of famous Patong area
Phuket governor Pakkapong Thaweepat has ordered a lockdown of resort town’s night entertainment zone, as the provincial administration steps up its fight against the spread of COVID-19.
Effective today (Sunday) until further notice, all exits and entrances to Tambon Pathong, in Krathu district, by the public and vehicles is banned, with the exception of those transporting essential goods, fuel, medical supplies and LPG. Those who need access are required to seek permission from the authorities and must strictly comply with the orders of disease control officials.
After the lockdown, health officials will conduct mass health screening, by checking the temperatures of everyone in Tambon Patong. Anyone found with a fever will be separated and quarantined for observation.
Workers will carry out a cleansing of the entire zone and will fumigate every household, pub, bar, shop and hotel.
Hotel employees who want to wish to leave the area to stay elsewhere are advised to inform their hotels, which must submit the list of names to officials at Tha Chatchai checkpoint for permission to leave the zone by Tuesday.
Several checkpoints have been set up at all exits and entrances to Tambon Patong to enforce the lockdown measure.
Violators are warned that they may face imprisonment of up to one year and/or a maximum fine of 100,000 baht.
On Friday, all hotels in Phuket were ordered closed by the Governor until further notice. Guests who are still in the hotels will be allowed to stay on to the end of their booking, but new guests must not be accepted.