Another month goes by at The Tongsai Bay since our last guests departed on March 29 before the hotel’s temporary closure & we continue to receive many positive & heartwarming messages of support from our continual & loyal Tongsai fan base.
It really does mean the world to us, & we truly look forward to the day when we can welcome you back & thank you personally for your unwavering support.
The situation in Thailand is fluid & changing daily, both government & public sectors are making efforts to contain the virus from spreading with the majority of people following the state measures so that we can get back on our feet as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, we thought we’d bring you a brief timeline on what has been happening around Thailand, Koh Samui, & at The Tongsai Bay :
PM Prayut announced the state of emergency, which took effect from March 26 and goes on until April 30.
The government imposed a curfew, banning all people nationwide from leaving their homes from 10pm to 4am starting on April 4 till further notice, in its latest move to contain the spread of coronavirus. The prime minister called for calm and asked the public not to stock up on food as they will still be allowed to go out during the daytime, though they will be required to observe social distancing.
Bangkok Airways temporarily suspends all domestic flights between 7-30 April 2020.
Koh Samui mayor Ramnet Jaikwang confirmed that Koh Samui imposed a ban on people entering the resort island from April 7 until the end of the month, as it joins the nationwide campaign to bring down the number of new coronavirus infections.
Authorities in Bangkok have banned alcohol sales for 10 days to help prevent social gatherings that could spread the virus that causes Covid-19. The ban was in effect from April 10 to April 20 and is the metropolitan region’s latest effort to contain the virus.
Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported the new Covid-19 patients rate has been steady and for the third consecutive day, no additional virus deaths from Covid-19 were reported.
Thailand’s state of emergency, in force since March 26, is set to be reviewed, with the decree due to expire on April 30, it’s expected the possibility of an easing of some of the restrictions put in place to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Suvarnabhumi Airport will be ready to open again on May 1 after a month-long closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, as local budget airlines like Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air and Nok Air have announced that they will resume domestic operations from Suvarnabhumi on May 1, while Bangkok Airways is set to resume flights to Koh Samui on May 15, with health control and social distancing protocols to be enacted in compliance with regulations set by the Ministry of Public Health.
The cabinet has approved the extension of the emergency decree until the end of May. The government has formed a working group to consider the way forward on relaxing measures. Directives will be adjusted using a phased, gradual approach. New phase will be introduced at 14 day intervals to allow monitoringand assessment.
The Center of Covid-19 Situation Administration today has reported 7 new patients infected with coronavirus disease 2019. It was the fourth day in a row with fewer than 10 new cases. They also announced on easing lockdown of some venues, which will come into effect on May 3.
Six Types of Businesses and Activities Permitted to Restart on 3 May 2020
According to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), six types of venues
will be allowed to reopen. Their reopening will also follow the Government's strict health
measures and guide-lines, as Thailand continues its efforts to limit the spread of
the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The six types of business and activities that will be allowed to reopen are:
1. Markets (fresh markets, flea market, floating markets, community markets, walking streets, and street-vendor operations);
2. Food shops (food shops, drink shops, street food vendors, dessert and ice-cream shops), excluding those located in shopping malls;
3. Retail businesses (supermarkets, convenience stores, carts, vendors, telecom shops, and small restau-rants, but physical distancing measures must be applied for sit-in customers)
4. Sports and recreation areas (parks and outdoor sporting venues), with the exception of team and competition sports, which remain suspended;
5. Beauty salons (only for hair cutting, washing, and drying);
6. Pet salons and pet nurseries.
Meanwhile, the ban on alcohol sales is continuing until further notice.
Koh Samui is taking full advantage of having virtually no tourists on the island & moving forward with its planned infrastructure improvements on the roads, drainage, water management system, & tidying up the unsightly overhead electric wiring by moving it underground; new footpaths & street lighting is also being installed across the island.
The Tongsai Bay.
Here at The Tongsai Bay, as a result of less human activity our resident slow loris’s have even been spotted in daylight, the water in our bay is the clearest we have seen it in years, & the monitor lizards & birds are taking full advantage of having 28 & a half acres of lush natural beauty pretty much to themselves…
Natural to the core