Pipat Ratchakitprakarn, the Minister of Tourism and Sports, has declared that 15th October is the day that Bangkok ‘’should be able to open” in his Facebook post, late Wednesday 15th September.
He says this plan follows discussions and the exchanges of information over a long period and more recently a meeting with the Governor of Bangkok, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the management team of the Public Health Department to discuss the way to open Bangkok and welcome foreign tourists again carefully.
The Minister described opening Bangkok as the most difficult city to open with a large city, a large population and the many surrounding provinces.
The conclusion that Bangkok should be able to open on October 15th is based on more than 70% of the people in the area receiving two vaccinations. Mr Pipat says more than 90% of the population in Bangkok has received the first dose of vaccine.
‘’If we speed up the second vaccination to reach 70% of the population by 5th October, we will be able to open Bangkok on 15th October. I will immediately bring this matter to discuss with the Ministry of Public Health to request the expedition of the allocation of vaccines.”
He went on to say that “we urgently need to discuss crystallisation and invite entrepreneurs in various fields and professions in Bangkok to join in the discussion, to ensure that all parties agree and are confident to move forward in the same direction. We will consider the safety of Thai brothers and sisters and tourists as important above all.”
The Minister said this is “a difficult job, a big job, but we will get through it together.” No specific details or other information about this plan were included in the Minister’s announcement.