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Ministry issues guidelines for massage parlours before reopening on Monday
May 31. 2020
By The Nation
All massage parlours must register with the Department of Health Service Support via the website and complete a self-assessment e-certificate for officials to check-up on a regular basis.
Under phase three of the government's easing of lockdown measures, massage and spa parlours are allowed to reopen from Monday (June 1.
The operator must send a weekly report to the department to assess the situation and compliance with virus prevention measures,
Dr Akom Praditsuwan, deputy director-general of the Department of Health Service Support under the Ministry of Public Health, said.
He said there are more than 15,000 massage and spa parlours.
Akom also laid out guidelines for massage parlour operators and customers. Shops that fail to comply will be temporarily closed.
Guidelines for massage parlours:
1 Open only one entrance and provide at least one-metre space between the reception and customers while recording personal details.
2 Shop operators must have a temperature screening point for both employees and customers.
3 They must arrange cloth masks, medical masks, and 70-per-cent alcohol hand sanitisers.
4 Everyone in the shop must wear a mask and keep clean.
5 Follow good health practices issued by the Public Health Ministry.
6 Massage chairs must be placed at least 1.5 metres apart.
7 Only one customer per room, but in case of a large room, a folding door or curtain should be installed to separate into individual areas.
8 Provide safe payment options such as online payment.
9 Prepare and provide clean clothing to customers. When massage is over, the clothing must be kept away and be clean.
10 Prepare a proper ventilation system.
11 Employees must change into uniform before providing service.
12 During service, talk to customers only when necessary.
Customers must follow these guidelines:
1 Wear a mask throughout the service.
2 Cooperate for temperature screening and provide true information about personal details.
3 Clean hands both before and after the service.
4 Follow the shop's advice.
MPs push Bt1.9-trillion Covid-19 aid package through Parliament
May 31. 2020
The lower house of Parliament on Sunday (May 31) votes to approve key emergency decrees providing financial support to business and people hit by the Covid-19 fallout. Photo: Tanachai Pramarnpanich/NationPhoto.
By The Nation
The Covid-19 financial aid package sailed through the House of Representatives on Sunday but opposition MPs attacked the Bt1.9-trillion aid as mostly benefiting big businesses.
After five days of debate, the lower house voted in favour of the Bt1.9-trillion package proposed by the government by issuing three related emergency decrees.
MPs voted 274 in favour of the first decree enabling the Finance Ministry to borrow Bt1 trillion in order to provide support to people adversely affected by the virus outbreak, while 204 MPs abstained.
The second emergency decree, authorising the Bank of Thailand to provide Bt500 billion soft loans to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) hit by the Covid-19 fallout, sailed through with 275 voting in favour and 205 abstaining.
The third emergency decree to support bond market liquidity via the Corporate Bond Stabilisation Fund (BSF), established by the Finance Ministry and the Bank of Thailand, prevailed with the backing of 274 MPs and 195 abstaining. There were 487 MPs in attendance for the voting session -- 276 from the coalition government and 211 from the opposition.
Nateepat Kulsetthasith, Move Forward Party MP, criticised the BSF as benefiting large corporates the most because it requires investment grade bonds, or BBB rated, to be eligible for bailout. Only large firms could raise funds via investment grade bonds, he said.
He also criticised the Bt500-billion soft loans available to support SMEs as too small, or only 10 per cent of the total SME market lending of Bt5 trillion.
Meanwhile, Wanvipa Maison, another Move Forward Party MP, questioned the governance of the BSF saying it was likely to benefit large corporations.
She suggested that some conditions to protect labour be added: the companies eligible for fund support must not lay off workers. They must have no record of abuse of labour rights. In case they have a current legal dispute with labourers, they should drop the case. In the future, if they abused labour rights, they must be forced to buy back corporate bonds from the fund. She also lamented that while businesses get financial support quickly, people have to wait longer for assistance.
20 Thais back from UK have high fever, rushed to hospital
Jun 01. 2020
By THE NATION
Twenty of the 251 Thais who returned home on Sunday (May 31) from the United Kingdom were found to have high fever and rushed to hospital, Suvarnabhumi Airport deputy director Kittipong Kittikachorn said.
“The 251 Thais departed from London on Thai Airways International Flight TG917 and arrived at the airport at 2.20pm,” Kittipong explained. “Preliminary screening found that 20 passengers had high fever and they were rushed to hospital.”
“There are 16 passengers who expressed an interest in entering alternative state quarantine facilities, while the rest were transported to the government’s specified facilities in Bangkok and Samut Prakarn.”
As of today, the UK has reported 274,762 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 38,489 deaths. It is one of the coronavirus hotspots in Europe following Spain.
Four new Covid-19 cases in state quarantine
May 31. 2020
By The Nation
There were four new Covid-19 cases but no deaths over a 24-hour period, Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul, spokeswoman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration(CCSA), said on Sunday (May 31).
The total number of Covid-19 patients rose to 3,081 since the outbreak -- 2444 domestic cases and 637 returnees from abroad.
The four new confirmed cases were all in state quarantine. A 37-year-old female masseuse had returned from Ajman in the United Arab Emirates on May 24 and was found to be infected on May 29 after she experienced difficulty in breathing, had a stomachache, headache, and fever; two of the new cases were asymptomatic male students aged 18 and 19 who had returned from Turkey and were in state quarantine in Chonburi province; the fourth case is a 22-year-old asymptomatic male student who had returned from Saudi Arabia on May 21 and was found to be carrying Covid-19 on May 29 in state quarantine in Narathiwat province.
Meanwhile, two people have fully recovered and returned home.
As of May 31, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 3,081 -- 61 are under treatment, 2,963 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 57 deaths.
Globally, the total number has passed 6 million confirmed cases with around 370,000 deaths.
BOI EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
February 28, 2020 - Ms. Duangjai Asawachintachit, BOI Secretary General, chaired the 9th meeting of the Sub-Committee (Thailand - Japan) on Enhancement of Business Environment (EBE) under JTEPA
February 17, 2020 – The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) organized BOI-Foreign Chambers of Commerce Consultative Meeting at The Sukosol Bangkok
February 6, 2020 - Ms. Duangjai Asawachintachit, Secretary General of the Board of Investment announced that the meeting had approved broad investment measures to boost economy
Monday, June 1, 2020