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Thailand launches scheme to boost its health and safety ratings

The Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration campaign will be targeted at tourism businesses

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Suvarnabhumi Airport: the country's state of emergency has been extended by another month starting 1 May. Credit: Getty images

BANGKOK - Thailand's hopes of restoring confidence in travellers once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted has provided the impetus to roll out theAmazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration" campaign. This is aimed at lifting tourism health and safety standards.

Qualified tourism businesses including those in the MICE industry, will be able to display a safety certificate logo. Mr Thapanee Kiatphaibool, TAT deputy governor for tourism products and business, said to receive certification, organisers of tourism and sports activities, events and meetings, must exceed minimum standards set by the Public Health Ministry.

This week, the Thai government extended its state of emergency by another month starting 1 May, in a move to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further. The 10 pm to 4 am curfew will also be maintained.

However, restaurants, markets, sports centres, public parks and golf courses in Bangkok are set to reopen on May 1 with significant restrictions, including social distancing. Restaurants have been ordered to separate seats by least 1.5 metres.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has declared the extension of a temporary ban on international passenger flights to Thailand effective from 1-31 May 2020. All flight permits previously granted for such period will be cancelled.

The ban does not apply to state or military aircraft, emergency landing, technical landing without disembarkation, humanitarian, medical and relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo flights.

The passengers on board of these aircrafts will be subject to the measures under communicable disease law, such as 14 days state quarantine, and the regulation under the Emergency Decree on State of Emergency.