Governor Aswin rejects tourism minister’s plan to reopen Bangkok on Oct 15


Governor Aswin of Bangkok said that the capital will not reopen to international arrivals who are fully vaccinated and Covid-19 negative on October 15 without quarantine, as announced by Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn on Wednesday (September 15th).

Citing the need to vaccinate at least 70% of the city’s population first, Pol Gen Aswin claimed he never said Bangkok will reopen because a decision of this kind must prioritize the people, Thai PBS World reported.

“To be able to reopen, infection prevention measures must be improved first. If we decide to reopen now, and there’s a new outbreak, it would be problematic,” he said

According to the governor, at least 70% of Bangkok’s population should have received two doses in order to reopen, adding that relevant agencies must have a further discussion first.

The governor also said that City Hall will determine the reopening date itself.

Governor Aswin expects the 70% full vaccination target to be hit by October 22nd, but the campaign may be sped up if more doses of vaccines are allocated to the city, the report added.

Source: Thai PBS World

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