Satun governor Ekkarat Leesen has ordered Koh Lipe’s under strict curfew and lockdown-style restrictions for initially 28 days, from August 9th to September 5th, following a new Covid-19 cluster discovery of about 30 infections on the island.
According to the order of Satun Province 1482/2564 on preventive measures and control of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Koh Lipe, the orders also included the closures of all tourism-related businesses on Koh Lipe including hotels, resorts, guest houses, and all hotel-like establishments.
Tourist boats are not permitted to dock on the island or in its vicinity. About 92 tourists on the island were required to leave the island due to the new orders and conduct health screenings before disembarking.
To get in and out of the island currently, one must be fully vaccinated for at least 14 days as set by the vaccine manufacturer OR have a negative RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test result not older than 72-hours prior to arrival and present a document confirming the arrival. Only cases of necessity or emergency can be excluded from the order. Due to the current situation, only people with essential business can be approved to travel to Koh Lipe.
A mandatory curfew time on the island has also started from 9:00 PM. to 04.00 AM. of the following day, unless authorized by the islands’ authorities. Much like similar curfews in Bangkok and Chonburi, it is designed to discourage social gatherings and mingling at night, especially around alcohol and parties.
Meanwhile, the provincial public health authorities have set up checkpoints to slow down moving people around the island area. Any violations has the maximum penalty of two-year imprisonment and/or a fine of 100,000 baht.
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