BENEFITING from relaxation of Covid restrictions is Bang Saen beach which has now reopened for tourists to come and relax and enjoy themselves but only till 8 p.m. and alcohol is strictly forbidden, Amarin TV said this afternoon (Sept. 1).
Vendors again brought out their beach chairs to rent out to tourists while restaurants began reopening as usual.
Many of them thanked Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin for pushing for self-employed people to receive compensation under section 40 of the Social Security Act which helped them receive a sum 5,000 baht for two months in a row, thus helping them out when the beach was closed.
Ms Maliwan Iamjang, 62, a tourist from Nonthaburi, said she left home at 4.30 a.m. and reached the beach at 7 a.m. so was among the first to rent a deck chair. A vendor asked her to help out so she ordered some food.
This beach remains very beautiful with Saensuk municipality maintaining the cleanliness even during the weeks there were no tourists, she said, adding that tourists must not forget to wear a face mask.
Meanwhile Chonburi province’s other top hit tourist destination, Koh Lan, is still screening tourists with Thais having to show their ID card to officials in Pattaya and Koh Lan and foreigners their passports but migrant workers are not allowed in. However vaccination status is not checked.
Boats are limited to 75 percent capacity and all types allowed to operate maximum three rounds a day between Na Baan and Bali Hai piers
This morning the Public Health Ministry revealed that there were 14,802 more coronavirus cases and 252 deaths over the past 24 hours with 14,585 being among the general public and 217 in prisons and detention centres.
The cumulative confirmed cases since April 1 has reached 1,190,668 and from the start of the pandemic 1,219,531.
Today’s 252 fatalities raised the death toll to 11,841.
An additional 18,996 patients were cured taking total recoveries since April to 1,013,342 while 166,922 are still undergoing treatment.
The beautiful Bang Saen beach. Top photo: Amarin TV, Home Page photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand