Prachuap Khiri Khan eases restrictions for some businesses


Prachuap Khiri Khan will ease restrictions for some businesses such as banks and barber shops, the provincial deputy governor told Hua Hin Today on Wednesday (Aug 18).

The closures applied to stop the spread of COVID-19, will be eased on financial institutions located in shopping malls and department stores, beauty salons, barbershops, pet groomers and large building materials stores, which will be allowed to open providing COVID-19 preventative measures are in place.

However, schools, cinemas, gyms and restaurants will remain closed, Mr. Phromphiriya Kitnuson, Deputy Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province confirmed during a meeting on Wednesday with the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee.

Mr. Phromphiriya instructed the relevant agencies to prepare detailed requirements for operators to follow and issue provincial orders clarifying the measures businesses need to adhere to in order to re-open.

During the meeting Mr. Phromphiriya also gave an update on the progress of the vaccine rollout throughout the province.

So far, more than 180,000 vaccine doses have been administered in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Mr. Phromphiriya said that 40.22% of the people aged over 60, with underlying health conditions or pregnant women have now received the vaccine, with the aim to vaccinate 50% of ‘vulnerable’ groups by the end of August.

In addition, 6,400 doses of the Sinopharm vaccines were given to 3,200 vulnerable people group (2 doses each), including migrant workers, the disabled, the disadvantaged, monks, priests and those who did not have access to the main vaccine appointment system. 

A further 2,400 doses of Pfizer vaccination, will also be made available to people in Prachuap Khiri Khan, with 960 doses being given to foreigners in the province.

However, details of when these will be administered, to whom and even how to register for the Pfizer vaccines have not yet been disclosed.

The Pfizer vaccines will also be given to 1,440 medical and public health workers and Thais who plan travel abroad to study. The allocation of the Pfizer vaccines is in line with the criteria and conditions set by central government, Mr Phromphiriya said.

On Wednesday, Prachaup Khiri Khan reported 70 new COVID-19 cases, and one death.

The deceased was a 90 year old Thai woman with a pre-existing health condition who had not yet been vaccinated.

Health officials said the woman and her family had decided not to have the vaccine as they worried about possible side effects.