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Nightlife to resume, some foreigners allowed in

Walking Street in Pattaya is quiet now, but life is expected to return after pubs, bars and other entertainment facilities reopen their doors on Wednesday. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

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All night entertainment venues will open their doors again on Wednesday and some foreigners will be allowed into the country, but not tourists, as virus lockdown restrictions are further eased.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday gave permission for all remaining entertainment facilities to reopen from Wednesday. They include pubs and bars, karaoke bars, and bath-sauna-massage establishments. Health measures, monitoring and use of the Thai Chana website will be required.

Investors and highly skilled workers from Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore will be allowed entry to the country on condition they enter quarantine. Short-term business visitors will be exempt from the requirement.

Foreigners who have family in Thailand, and those who have homes in the kingdom, will also be allowed to return.

Allowing in tourists from countries matched up with Thailand through a "travel bubble" did not get full approval.

Foreigners coming to Thailand for medical treatment will be allowed in from Wednesday, but they must be accompanied by their partner, and enter quarantine at the hospital they go to.

The decision to open up more businesses, and some travel, was made after more than a month without any new local infections being recorded in Thailand.

The meeting also agreed to extend use of the emergency decree until the end of July.

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