Thai minister warns of park closures if patrons don't observe social distancing, hygiene

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  • Sunday, 14 Jun 2020

BANGKOK (Xinhua): Thailand's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said Son Sunday (June 14) that it had granted the green light for 127 national parks to reopen, either fully or partially, from July 1 onward after a three-month pandemic hiatus.

"Sixty-four parks, including Khao Yai in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, will be fully reopened and 63 others will partially reopen, while 28 will remain closed," said the Ministry's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

The department's website said the number of visitors to each park will be limited and some areas of the parks may be closed.

Visitors may also have to make advance online bookings to visit.

While the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa welcomed the parks to open their gates to public visitors, he issued a grave warning to park authorities of possible closures.

"If there are reports of animal death due to human activity or if patrons throw garbage sporadically, or even if social-distancing rules are not followed in a park, then I will order the closure of that park," Varawut warned. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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