Thailand's Pattaya beaches to reopen under social distancing rules

  • Thailand
  • Friday, 29 May 2020

A man sleeps on an almost empty beach, which is usually crowed with tourists, following the Covid-19 outbreak in Pattaya, Thailand April 26, 2020. The beach is to be reopened on June 1. - Reuters

BANGKOK (Xinhua): Pattaya beaches in Thailand will reopen to all visitors and local villagers under social distancing rules on June 1.

Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpleum said on Friday (May 29) that all the beaches of the world-famous tourist resort in eastern Thailand, earlier temporarily closed under partial lockdown measures, will reopen on the upcoming Monday on condition that visitors strictly observe social distancing rules against the Covid-19 pandemic.

People may swim in the sea or lie on the beaches or in beachfront canvas chairs with about 1.5-meter distance between one another, Sonthaya said.

The owners of the canvas chairs for rent must ensure strict social distancing among their clients otherwise their business might be suspended, according to the mayor.

No group activities will be allowed on the beaches for fear of the possible spread of Covid-19, the mayor said.

Meanwhile, Koh Larn island off Pattaya will also reopen to all visitors under social distancing rules on June 1, he said. - Xinhua

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