Hua Hin Recharge chief confident COVID-19 won’t scupper reopening

Hua Hin file photo

The chair of the Hin Hin Recharge project is confident the planned reopening of Hua Hin will still go ahead despite the COVID-19 situation in the town.

Mr Krod Rojanastien, President of the Thai Spa Association and the chairperson of the Hua Hin Recharge project has said he is confident the health authorities will be able to control the recent spike in cases in Prachuap Khiri Khan and Hua Hin.

Mr Krod said he believes the authorities will be able to bring the recently discovered COVID-19 clusters under control and that the planned reopening of Hua Hin to vaccinated foreign tourists on November 1 will still go ahead.

Mr Krod said that 79.94% of people in Hua Hin and Nong Khae districts are now fully vaccinated and that 98% people have received at least one vaccine dose.

He added that 80 hotels in the area have received SHA Plus approval, which is required in order to welcome foreign tourists.

Earlier this week, health officials in Prachuap Khiri Khan described the COVID-19 situation in the province as “concerning“.

Recent weeks has seen a spike in cases following the discovery of several clusters, a number of which have been discovered in central Hua Hin and resulted the in the town’s largest fresh market – Chatchai Market – being ordered to close for a period of seven days. The Chatchai Market cluster has now resulted in more than 100 confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, another cluster has been discovered at a restaurant located just 100 metres from the market. A further cluster has also been discovered at a bakery on Soi 51.

On Tuesday (Oct 19), Prachuap Khiri Khan reported 238 new COVID-19 cases, which included 181 in Pranburi – the most cases reported in the district in a single day, following the discovery of clusters at five fruit processing factories. 39 cases were also found in Hua Hin.

On Wednesday (Oct 20), 107 new cases were discovered in the province, 52 of which were found in Hua Hin – the most of any district in the province.