Traditional massage and spa operators have officially filed a letter to the Chonburi governor for the re-opening of massage shops, which were closed last week due to Covid-19 precautions by the governor.
The Chonburi province released their provincial Covid-19 related orders on April 17th, 2021, which took effect on April 18th, 2021.
Read more about our previous story in the link below.
Chonburi province releases provincial orders, lots of additional Covid-19 closures and restrictions implemented starting April 18th, 2021
A group of traditional Thai massage and spa operators massed up at the Chonburi Provincial Hall yesterday, (April 19th), asking for the reopening of traditional massage and spa shops.
Mrs. Maneenattha Pongtanathiti, a massage and spa operator of a business called ‘Bu Nga’, who is the main representative of a group of dozens of massage owners and staff, has sent a letter to the Chonburi Governor Phakarathorn Tieanchai via the Chonburi Mitigation and Prevention Director Chief Petty Officer First Class Chayaphon Rattanawisutthikun.
Mrs. Maneenattha told The Pattaya News, “We are suffering from the Covid-19 situation. We don’t have any income. We have not been given significant government financial aid for these forced closures. We still have to pay for our rent, utilities, and other bills and our staffers don’t have any salary.”
“If the Chonburi Governer allows us to reopen, we will strictly follow all hygienic measurements.” She added.
The group of massage shop owners also noted that according to the Chonburi Department of Public Health massage shops had not been a source of any outbreaks or clusters of Covid-19 and rarely, if ever, appeared on timelines for Covid-19 cases. They also noted that restaurants remained open which had many more customers than their shops.
The governor is reportedly taking the matter under consideration. The Pattaya News notes that there has yet to be any plan released around financial aid measures at a national or regional level for business owners or their staff affected by Covid-19 forced closures.
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