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Thailand eases COVID-19 restrictions - but only for people who are vaccinated


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Thailand will lift most coronavirus restrictions on retail and dining from next month and permit gatherings of up to 25 people in Bangkok and other high risk areas, its COVID-19 task force said on Friday.

 

Easing restrictions and adjusting measures were necessary to revive the economy safely, the task force said, as the country battles its worst coronavirus outbreak and struggles to ramp up vaccinations, with only 1 in 10 people inoculated so far.

 

From Sept. 1, shopping malls, salons, barber shops, foot massages and sports fields in 29 high-risk provinces including Bangkok, are allowed to resume operations, while restaurants can open to diners, the task force said.

 

Authorities asked business operators to ensure service staff are fully vaccinated and regularly tested with antigen kits, and to require customers to show proof of vaccination and negative tests.

 

Thailand reported 18,702 new cases and 273 new deaths on Friday, among some 1.14 million cases and 10,587 deaths overall, the overwhelming majority since April.

 

Its current struggle is with the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus, which has seen record deaths during August.

"We need to adjust the way we handle and live with the disease safely... by adjusting strategy and build confidence so disease control measures are in line with reviving the economy safely," task force spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan told a briefing.

 

Reuters contributed to this report

 

 

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I cant decipher the yellow print on pink background , so I'm going to assume I can eat as of September 1st.  If my comprehension is correct it means you can't visit a 7-11 or mom and pop store or supermarket unless you have had 2 doses !

 

Whoops , just read it's a developing story, so I can expect this to be withdrawn 31st August.

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And yet something ELSE introduced into the mix.  Green and yellow cards for fully vaccinated / recovered customers.  Did they form a 'Make this as complicated as possible' Committee?

 

How long before we get light green, green and dark green cards?  Turqouise maybe?

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3 minutes ago, DaLa said:

I cant decipher the yellow print on pink background , so I'm going to assume I can eat as of September 1st.  If my comprehension is correct it means you can't visit a 7-11 or mom and pop store or supermarket unless you have had 2 doses !

 

Whoops , just read it's a developing story, so I can expect this to be withdrawn 31st August.

That's a Yellow card needed if non vaccinated and have recovered from covid or you have had a negative ATK rapid test done in the past 7 days.  Green card needed to shop in malls or a Yellow card, how ridiculous in reality as even those folks could be infected as an asymptomatic carrier.  Just open it up or keep it shut, no half-arsed measures.....Ugh.  So in essence I will have a green card for vaccination but the GF who can not get vaccinated to save her life needs to be ATK tested weekly to go out to dinner or shop for clothes, or better yet since she is a Salon owner, she can not even work unless she is vaccinated or shows a negative test weekly.  WTH is wrong with these folks.

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Not entirely sure what the table in the OP means. 

 

If there are going to be restrictions based on vaccination status, that will be a pisser as I have got a fairly long wait for my 2nd AZ shot.

 

Perhaps I would have been better off picking the much quicker administered Sinovac vaccine instead ? If I had I would be a proud ‘green card’ holder about 1 month ago, instead of having 6 weeks to wait. 

 

Anyway, if they reopen parks to all next week, I will be happy enough for now !

 

 

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Total <deleted>n madness.

Many families won't ALL be double jabbed.

Many people are waiting for a jab, as am I.

Can they really rely on restaurant owners to turn people away or judge who to let in?

I hope and wait for the flop after the flip... or to read that many people say 'my green card is in the post/mail' and get entry.

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As I said in another thread...

 

"Creating a two-tier society when everyone has already had to opportunity to be vaccinated is one thing. That in itself would cause a little civil unrest but it would be manageable.

 

 

 

Creating a two-tier society when only a tiny percentage of the population have had the chance to be vaccinated is asking for trouble."

 

Presumably the government are doing this to try and appease people, but this is just going to make those who haven't been offered a vaccine yet even more livid. This will end badly.

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1 minute ago, TerryS123 said:

What crowded, long-line will we have to wait in to get the green or yellow cards?

i was just thinking that, it might be easier to wait a few days and buy the fake cards instead.

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19 minutes ago, Dart12 said:

Vexxed have equal chance of getting and carrying covid.
 

And if you look at Israel, the leading country in the work for vax %... 
 

The hospitalized are 2/3 Fully jabbed.

 

Good thing you can at least sue the makers  of the drugs , I mean that's what liability and the legal system is in place for right?

Israel's 20% Unvaccinated Now Account for Half of All Serious COVID-19 Cases

 

 

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17 hours ago, 2long said:

Total <deleted>n madness.

Many families won't ALL be double jabbed.

Many people are waiting for a jab, as am I.

Can they really rely on restaurant owners to turn people away or judge who to let in?

I hope and wait for the flop after the flip... or to read that many people say 'my green card is in the post/mail' and get entry.

I'm jabbed, wife isn't.

 

But it seems I am still not allowed to go to a restaurant. Work that one out!

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Now only remains the rules and document to prove what is vaccinated  (  or X....times and how many time after last one to be considered as "vaccinated "

And who go give out those green cards , which administration ?

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15 minutes ago, JayClay said:

Creating a two-tier society when only a tiny percentage of the population have had the chance to be vaccinated is asking for trouble."

 

Presumably the government are doing this to try and appease people, but this is just going to make those who haven't been offered a vaccine yet even more livid. This will end badly.

Exactly. And let's look at the demographics of the 8%.

 

Wealthy, well-connected, inner-city, old-money Thais. 

 

That's who this government appeases because that's who this government has always appeased. 

 

I am happy to stay at home as an island entire of myself. 

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41 minutes ago, Dart12 said:

Good thing you can at least sue the makers  of the drugs , I mean that's what liability and the legal system is in place for right?

Errrmm no  they have the ultimate  vaccine card  the immunity from prosecution card !

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29 minutes ago, JayClay said:

As I said in another thread...

 

"Creating a two-tier society when everyone has already had to opportunity to be vaccinated is one thing. That in itself would cause a little civil unrest but it would be manageable.

 

 

 

Creating a two-tier society when only a tiny percentage of the population have had the chance to be vaccinated is asking for trouble."

 

Presumably the government are doing this to try and appease people, but this is just going to make those who haven't been offered a vaccine yet even more livid. This will end badly.

So we’ve actually reached this level now? No. Creating a two tiered society would not be good under any circumstance. How can you even say that with a straight face? 
 

How bout this for a thought experiment. The two tiers swap months. So unvaxed get to eat out on odd months. Oh, not likin that idea too much now, right? Well there ya go. 

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15 minutes ago, poohy said:

I have read the multi colored table a few times now

 

Quite frankly i dont understand it one iota!

They do Catch 22 very well here

 

What's allowed?

Its on the chart

I don't understand the chart

Yes

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MY partner applied in June for a jab, but till now n response.... So forced to do tests???? I don't think so... If the Government is failing with good measures, why should we pay the bill??

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8 minutes ago, johng said:

Errrmm no  they have the ultimate  vaccine card  the immunity from prosecution card !

Why would the companies that have produced life saving vaccines need immunity from prosecution?

 

shouldn’t people who falsely claim the vaccines are dangerous be prosecuted?

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Another totally flawed concept put into action, good job it’ll only apply to less than 10% of the population so will certainly be a huge boost to the economy!! Bet our local friendly Thais have already got their John Bull printing sets out??

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3 minutes ago, Dogmatix said:

How does being vaccinated help when vaccinated people can still get infected and spread the virus about as easily as the unvaccinated, even if they don't get so sick.

Because the odds of a vaccinated person dying are tiny, and the odds of getting infected are small.

 

you have misunderstood the information presented to you.

 

those few vaccinated individuals who suffer breakthrough infections are as infectious as anyone else.

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