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Six golf resorts named as quarantine facilities

By The Nation

 

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The government has placed six golfing resorts on its list of Covid-19 quarantine facilities as Thailand eyes opportunities to reopen its international tourism sector.

 

Three of the resorts are in the western province of Kanchanaburi, about two hour’s drive from Bangkok. Another is in Lamphun, half an hour’s drive from Chiang Mai.

 

The six golfing quarantine resorts are:

 

1. Mida Golf Club, Kanchanaburi province

2. Evergreen Hills Golf Club & Resort, Kanchanaburi

3. Blue Star Golf Course, Kanchanaburi

4. Athitaya Golf and Resort Course, Nakhon Nayok

5. Sawang Resort Golf Club and Hotel, Phetchaburi

6. Artitaya Chiang Mai Golf club and Resort, Lamphun

 

Meanwhile, the government has also added the centre of excellence for elderly care at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University in Samut Songkhram province to its list of wellness quarantine facilities.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30401936

 

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14 hours ago, webfact said:

The government has placed six golfing resorts on its list of Covid-19 quarantine facilities as Thailand eyes opportunities to reopen its international tourism sector.

Be about as successful as all the STV's they forecasted would come.

 

 

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Great news.

My parents come to Thailand every year for 3-4 months during the southern winter. 
 

And are keen golfers, mum once a week dad three times a week. 
 

Good sensible option, gives the foreigners something to do, better than sitting in the hotel all day. Easy to social distance on a golf course. 
 

Other countries will probably copy it. Lot of people complaining about being locked up all day in hotels in Melbourne currently. 

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19 hours ago, webfact said:

Six golf resorts named as quarantine facilities

Nice way of staying open while everything else is closed, wonder who the owners are?

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Very sensible move.

 

In Airstrip One (formerly known as the UK) you're allowed to walk with one other person in a public park but not on a golf course. Even though golf is by far the easiest sport to maintain social distancing. Smacks of PC pandering to the woke brigade, who think golf is only played by rich, evil capitalists.

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22 hours ago, webfact said:

The government has placed six golfing resorts on its list of Covid-19 quarantine facilities as Thailand eyes opportunities to reopen its international tourism sector.

 

We know.

 

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5 hours ago, Natai Beach said:

Great news.

My parents come to Thailand every year for 3-4 months during the southern winter. 
 

And are keen golfers, mum once a week dad three times a week. 
 

Good sensible option, gives the foreigners something to do, better than sitting in the hotel all day. Easy to social distance on a golf course. 
 

Other countries will probably copy it. Lot of people complaining about being locked up all day in hotels in Melbourne currently. 

you gotta be kiddin. This is another atrocious idea of the TAT. think about it, golf course staff, resort staff & caddies WILL NOT agree to also having to be locked away at these courses, but more importantly the locals ( Thais & Thai residents ) who are members of these courses and those that frequent them on a regular basis will NOT be able use the course. I'm betting the courses won't give membership fee refunds or credit for the period of time that members cannot use the course and they'll lose the regulars who are not members. Also highly unlikely your olds will get to come this year as they WILL NOT be allowed to leave Australia for a holiday.

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29 minutes ago, TigerandDog said:

Also highly unlikely your olds will get to come this year as they WILL NOT be allowed to leave Australia for a holiday.

 

Of course they will. Since October, 3 months plus, not an issue to leave.

 

29 minutes ago, TigerandDog said:

My parents come to Thailand every year for 3-4 months during the southern winter. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Salerno said:

 

Of course they will. Since October, 3 months plus, not an issue to leave.

 

 

 

I wouldn't consider a holiday of 3+ months a compelling reason.

 

Travel for three months or longer

If you are seeking exemption from Australia’s outbound travel restrictions on the basis that you are leaving Australia for three months or longer, your proposed travel must be for a compelling reason and you must provide evidence to support your claims.

This evidence must be provided in the form of a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration.

The Statutory Declaration must state you are making an application for travel exemption on the basis that you intend to be absent from Australia for more than three months.

Evidence may include:

  • confirmed flight itinerary, with return date of at least three months after departure date
  • confirmation of leave from employment for three months
  • enrolment confirmation for study
  • a doctor’s certificate to support your claim you are travelling in order to provide care for sick family members
  • any other matter you wish to raise in support of your request for exemption.

 

I'd be very surprised if they were given permission to travel outside Oz.

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4 hours ago, TigerandDog said:

I wouldn't consider a holiday of 3+ months a compelling reason.

 

You might not, IMO they will. According to BM in question, they will have proof they visit every year and they do so "to see family". There have been thousands leaving and entering since covid kicked in, it's not as impossible as some people like to make out, nor are the numbers widely published (to avoid giving people ideas IMO). Of the 89,100 Australian citizens that flew out between April and December there will be a percentage that are dual citizens returning "home", business trips and expats returning to their "new home" but certainly that wouldn't cover all of them (see stats from the ABS here).

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14 hours ago, Salerno said:

 

You might not, IMO they will. According to BM in question, they will have proof they visit every year and they do so "to see family". There have been thousands leaving and entering since covid kicked in, it's not as impossible as some people like to make out, nor are the numbers widely published (to avoid giving people ideas IMO). Of the 89,100 Australian citizens that flew out between April and December there will be a percentage that are dual citizens returning "home", business trips and expats returning to their "new home" but certainly that wouldn't cover all of them (see stats from the ABS here).

Definitely won't be considered as a compelling reason. Just heard from a golfing mate in Oz who usually spends 4 months per year here, every year for the past 5 years, and who applied for permission to leave Oz based on his history of being outside Oz for more than 3 months at a time and annually. Guess what, APPROVAL DENIED as NOT considered a compelling reason.

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Sorry this initiative will not work in mass take-up; I will explain why from statistics.

 

Golfers come to Thailand to play golf on average of 3-4 days, 5-7 days and 7-10 days; the latter normally accompanied by a spouse or girlfriend where it's a combined golfing / touring-sightseeing holiday (excluding those that come annually to escape the Northern hemisphere winters). 

 

So you can see 14 days plus is rarely on any golfer's radar screen. 

 

Golfers come to Thailand for 3 basic reasons, the golf courses and Thai culture, the socializing of drinking and eating out at fine restaurants together and finally the night life entertainment (whatever rocks the individual's boat).

 

These ASQ golf courses offer only 1 of the 3 basic choices for golfers plus only a handful of golfers ever stay for more than 14 days;

 

Will a few international golfer's take up this option? Yes but just a handful. 

 

Fast forward to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 variants of the UK and South African strains that have higher R0 factors of contagious infection spread and the whole process is dead before it starts. 

 

If one ASQ golf course caddie, golfer, staff member or ASQ medical support staff acquires any of the COVID-19 virus strains the whole program is likely to be shutdown.

 

IMHO with the number of golf courses on offer, the large amount of local personnel involved and the golfer's flying in from overseas countries with potentially deferred virus infections acquired in-country or during travel it's just a crises waiting to happen. 

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On 1/29/2021 at 11:33 AM, roquefort said:

Very sensible move.

 

In Airstrip One (formerly known as the UK) you're allowed to walk with one other person in a public park but not on a golf course. Even though golf is by far the easiest sport to maintain social distancing. Smacks of PC pandering to the woke brigade, who think golf is only played by rich, evil capitalists.

The problem with golf is not the course itself, but the socializing at the nineteenth hole afterwards.

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