Less than 50% of hotels, restaurants in Hua Hin awarded SHA certification

Hua Hin file photo

As Hua Hin gears up to reopening to vaccinated foreign tourists, Hua Hin Today understands that less than 50% of eligible businesses in the town have received the Safety and Health Administration (SHA) and SHA Plus certification.

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.

However, on Thursday (Sept 2) Dr. Suriya Kuharat, Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial Public Health Doctor, told Hua Hin Today, less than 50 percent of businesses in Hua Hin have received the certification.

This is because the businesses are failing to meet the SHA and SHA+ standards with staff having not yet been vaccinated.

Dr. Suriya Kuharat. File photo

Dr Suriya said that provincial public health officials will launch a promotional campaign informing local business owners of the importance of SHA and SHA+ and that they should strive to comply with the standards as soon as possible.

In addition, the administering of vaccines for people within Hua Hin’s tourism sector who are still to receive a jab will be accelerated.

Starting on Monday (Sept 6) team from the provincial public health office will begin visiting businesses in a bid to certify the standards and give a badge to entrepreneurs who pass the criteria.

Dr Suriya added that it is estimated that 70% of people in the tourism sector will have received two doses of the vaccination by the end of September, with Hua Hin still on course to open to vaccinated foreign tourists – who will not need to quarantine – from October.