Five star hotel in Hua Hin faces having SHA+ certificate revoked after discovery of COVID-19 cluster

Dr. Suriya Kuharat. File photo

A five star hotel in Hua Hin will have its SHA+ certificate revoked if negligence was found to have played a role in the discovery of a COVID-19 outbreak amongst staff, health officials have warned.

The SHA and SHA Plus certification was created by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to help ensure COVID-19 preventative measures and help build confidence amongst Thai and foreign tourists who visit tourism related businesses such as hotels, restaurants and attractions.

The main condition businesses are required to meet in order to qualify for the SHA and SHA Plus certification is that 70% of a venue’s employees must have received a COVID-19 vaccination.

The SHA certification is fundamental to a hotel being able to operate and welcome foreign tourists as part of Hua Hin’s planned reopening on October 1.

However, Dr. Suriya Kuharat, provincial health chief said on Wednesday (9 Sept) that the hotel faces having its SHA certification revoked if the preventative measures were not properly followed.

Dr. Suriya said that 15 people at the hotel have now been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19.

Hua Hin Today understands the 15 confirmed cases are predominantly amongst chefs and restaurant workers at the hotel, as well as a member of staff from the IT department and a security guard.

The operators of the hotel have been given 14 days to improve safety standards with regards to COVID-19 prevention.

Dr. Suriya said that while the outbreak at the hotel is concerning, it is under control and the reopening of Hua Hin to international tourists from October 1 will still go ahead as planned.