Hua Hin restaurants reopen, no vaccinations needed

People eating at the food court in BluPort. File photo.

Shopping malls and restaurants in Hua Hin are allowed to reopen from today (Sept 1) in accordance with the Thai governments easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

The provincial Communicable Disease Committee (CDC) on Tuesday (Aug 31) confirmed the resumption of businesses and other activities which had previously been prohibited, such as dining out and the opening of businesses deemed to be non-essential.

Crucially, there is no requirements for either staff or customers to be fully vaccinated or have passed a COVID-19 test. Customers also do not need to show proof of vaccination or show the results of a antigen test.

The confusion surrounding the rule that only people who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 could eat in restaurants came after Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced the requirement last Friday (Aug 27).

However, following a public backlash and without explanation, the requirement was omitted from publication of the easing of restrictions in the Royal Gazette.

At the provincial Communicable Disease Committee (CDC) meeting on Tuesday, there was no mention of the vaccination requirement for people wishing to eat in restaurants.

Hua Hin restaurants can now reopen with limits on the number of customers.

Prachuap CDC confirmed that air conditioned restaurants can operate at 50% capacity, while open air restaurants can operate at 75% capacity.

All restaurants must be closed by 8pm.

The sale of alcohol in restaurants remains prohibited.