Hua Hin’s massage ladies and bar owners have implored the governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan to let them reopen. Their protest came after their businesses were ordered shut indefinitely on January 4th as part of Covid-19 restrictions.
Around 50 ladies from traditional massage, bar, karaoke and fitness businesses have held up placards and chanted near the Hua Hin municipal offices. A representative group of the ladies presented a letter to Hua Hin mayor Noppaporn Wuthikun to pass on to the governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan and urged his support for their situation.
They asked the municipality to coordinate with relevant agencies to help to order strict preventive measures in accordance with the standards of the Ministry of Public Health or taking other action as required by the government sector.
Additionally at Pone Kingpetch Public Park a letter was handed to Mr. Montri Manichpong, the Chief Minister of Hua Hin.
Their signs had messages such as “Let us Open”, “We’re dying”, “We’re in trouble” and “We have debts”.
The protesters claim that certain businesses that are remaining open, such as restaurants have large numbers of customers, considered to be at higher risk than massage and fitness shops.
They also noted that no new local cases have been detected and only one person is being treated in the hospital.
Ms. Meesub Kuachan, the owner of a Thai massage shop said that since being ordered to close the business there has been no income to support her family and employees. In some shops, 10-20 employees have been sent home.
“The burden is very heavy, everyone here comes together to request the governor to relax and open up business so that we can make a living. Will have no income to buy rice and water and now, there are only local residents, not tourists, and every shop has this kind of problem. Please give permission to open such establishments, we do it legally, all taxes are paid and we are never wrongdoers.”