Tourism leader calls for COVID-19 restrictions in Hua Hin to be eased

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A senior advisor to the Hua Hin-Cha-Am Tourism Business Association (HHCTBA) has proposed that COVID-19 restrictions in Hua Hin and throughout Prachuap Khiri Khan are eased.

The most significant of the measures the HHCTBA are calling for to be eased are the opening of swimming pools and restaurants in hotels.

On Tuesday (Aug 10), Mr. Udom Srimahachota, Vice President of the Western Thai Hotels Association Advisor to the Hua Hin-Cha-Am Tourism Business Association revealed that he has submitted an urgent letter to the Communicable Disease Committee (CDC) of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.

Mr. Udom said he has asked Prachaup CDC to consider opening swimming pools and allowing people to sit and eat in hotel restaurants in order to prevent further damage to hotel and tourism sector in the province.

According to order No. 7835/2564 dated 3 August 2021, hotel swimming pools and restaurants are listed as one of the so-called ‘risky places’ forced to close to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

However, Mr Udom said this should be changed as hotels have been greatly affected by the increased restrictions.

He said that most of all, it’s the hotel guests that are impacted as they are unable to the pool and restaurants.

Mr Udom also added that neighbouring Phetchaburi has begun easing measures concerning hotels.

Mr Udom said that a waiver should be granted to hotels that have already been granted SHA and SHA+ certification and whose employees have received their first dose of COVID vaccination.

The waiver should then allow guests to use the pool and restaurants providing the guidelines outlined by the Ministry of Public Health are followed.

Mr Udom added that more than 70 percent of hotel staff in the province have an appointment to receive their second COVID-19 vaccination in August.

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