Thai resort island of Phuket closes beaches, prepares to shut airport


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  • Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020

Tourists swim on a beach in Phuket, Thailand, during the weekend. The popular Thai resort island of Phuket on Tuesday (March 31) has closed its beaches, restricted access to outsiders and is preparing to shut its airport in efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. - AP

BANGKOK: The popular Thai resort island of Phuket has closed its beaches, restricted access to outsiders and is preparing to shut its airport in efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana barred all vehicles from entering and leaving Phuket from Tuesday until April 30, as well as issuing an order to close Phuket airport from April 10 to 30.

All beaches as well as Phuket's red-light district were ordered to close in an order issued on Saturday.

Last week, the Thai government declared a state of emergency, closed its borders to visitors and recommended that people should stay at home.

Phuket, like Bangkok, has ordered that restaurants be only allowed to offer takeouts and deliveries.

A number of other businesses in Phuket such as cinemas, sporting arenas, massage parlours, golf courses, water parks, and pet shops have also been closed.

Tourism accounts for around 10% of Thailand's gross domestic product (GDP), and Phuket is highly popular tourist destination.

Wuttipong Jittungsakul, deputy director-general of the Fiscal Policy Office, said that Thailand has seen a roughly 40% decrease in tourist arrivals compared to last year due to the outbreak. - dpa/Asian News Network
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