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Electric TukTuks coming soon as a safe transport medium

The Thai Electric Vehicle Association ( EVAT) has launched an "electric tricycle" as a new alternative to public transportation in the new normal era and supports the "TukTuk" to promote Thai tourism after the lockdown ends.

TVAT sees the electric tricycle as another important option to provide services at a time of social distancing, reducing the risk of infections.

The electric tricycle designed by the association uses a clear plastic sheet covering all sides. This plastic sheet helps to separate the passenger and the driver, helping to travel with an electric tuk tuk more safely with more confidence both for the passengers and drivers, EVAT said. In addition, this plastic sheet can be rolled up when not in use.

The association developed an electric tricycle from a motor tricycle which has been newly registered as a personal tricycle by the Department of Land Transport under the name "EVAT: Bangkok model". For the past five years, the association has set a target to promote the use of electric vehicles to help reduce pollution.
Woman gives powerful speech to looters on streets of NYC

Thailand News / Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (3 June 2020)
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 11:43:01 AM »
COVID19 UPDATE (3 June 2020)

- 1* new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,084 total)
- 2 more discharged (2,968)
- 58 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

*A Thai returnee from Saudi Arabia found in state quarantine.  credit @SaksithCNA
dash cam footage from a Honda Accord as a pick-up driver lost control of his vehicle on a bend in Krabi

Eight people - including a two year old boy - who had been in the pick-up were scattered all over the place when police and rescue services arrived. They all survived and were taken to hospital. reports

General Discussions / Re: Coronavirus around the globe UK sex ban mockery
« Last post by thaiga on Today at 10:53:57 AM »
The latest UK Covid non scandal is that the editor of The Times, John Witherall, was seen leaving the house of Rachael Johnson, the PM’s sister, in the early hours of the morning.  The UK seems to have completely lost sight of common sense in tackling Covid.  The media and political parties are just using Covid as a point scoring battleground as opposed to tackling the problem in a common sense way.
you could say that's a   "sign of the times"  now there doing the conga  ;D

UK lawmakers 'conga' round parliament to cast their votes
On Tuesday, lawmakers were required to attend in person and join a queue, spaced two metres apart, that stretched out of the wood-panelled debating chamber, zigzagged through an 11th-century hall where monarchs and prime ministers have lain in state, and outside into a tree-lined courtyard.
General Discussions / Re: Coronavirus around the globe
« Last post by Taman Tun on Today at 09:29:23 AM »
Oops, typo. It is John Witherow. Apologies to Mrs Witherall.
The latest UK Covid non scandal is that the editor of The Times, John Witherall, was seen leaving the house of Rachael Johnson, the PM’s sister, in the early hours of the morning.  The UK seems to have completely lost sight of common sense in tackling Covid.  The media and political parties are just using Covid as a point scoring battleground as opposed to tackling the problem in a common sense way. 
No screams please: Japanese funfairs prepare for virus era

No screaming on the rollercoaster, socially distant spooks in the haunted house and please refrain from high-fiving your favourite superhero: Welcome to Japanese amusement parks in the coronavirus era.

As Japan's funfairs slowly reopen, a group of park operators have released joint guidelines on how to operate safely under the threat of the virus.

Among the recommendations, thrill-seekers will be asked to wear masks at all times and "refrain from vocalising loudly" on rollercoasters and other rides.

'Ghosts' lurking in haunted houses should maintain a healthy distance from their 'victims', the guidelines add.

Park staff, including those dressed up as stuffed animal mascots and superheroes, should not shake hands or high-five with young fans but maintain an appropriate distance.

Superheroes engaged in fights to the death with evil villains should also avoid whipping up support from spectators to prevent screams — and potentially coronavirus-laden droplets — from flying through the air.

Virtual reality attractions should not operate unless the special glasses or goggles can be fully sanitised, the guidelines suggest.

And perhaps to parents' relief, vendors will be asked to refrain from putting out toys or food samples for young visitors to touch, play with or eat.

"These guidelines will not bring infections to zero, but will reduce the risk of infection," the operators admit, pledging to continue studying ways to bring down transmission risks.

Japan's best-known theme parks — Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan in the western city of Osaka — remain closed with no date yet set for reopening.

But prime minister Shinzo Abe on Monday  (May 25) lifted a nationwide state of emergency after a sharp drop in the number of coronavirus cases in Japan.

Citizens and businesses have been urged to adapt to a "new normal" in the coronavirus era, including mask-wearing and social distancing where possible. AFP
Lines in the sand: beaches reopen with social distancing

People returned to some of Thailand's famed sandy beaches Monday, keeping well apart but enjoying the outdoors, as authorities eased some coronavirus restrictions for the first time in more than two months.

In Pattaya, visitors marvelled at the clarity of the turquoise-blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand, as pensioners eager for exercise promenaded along the beach.

Social distancing rules still applied, with local authorities ordering beachgoers to stay at least a metre apart.

German expatriate Heidi Glemeau, one of the first people who took an early morning dip in the water, said she stopped at the sight of the empty, open beach on her way to the bank.

"I couldn't resist the temptation," she told AFP. "It's become a paradise just like it was 30 years ago."

Not all beaches were closed during the lockdown, and not all re-opened Monday.

Phuket, in the south, is still off-limits, while sleepy Hua Hin remained open throughout.

The country has been under various lockdown restrictions since mid-March, when authorities declared a state of emergency against the coronavirus -- shuttering malls, leisure centres and public spaces, including its famed beaches.

Despite recording the first case of the virus outside epicentre China as early as January, official records show the kingdom escaped the worst of the disease relatively lightly, recording just over 3,000 infections and 57 deaths.

Some experts say, however, a lack of testing may mask the true toll.

Regardless, the exodus of foreigners and a ban on new arrivals hit the economy hard -- particularly as the country is so reliant on tourist dollars in resorts such as Pattaya.

Tourism revenues dropped by 40 in the first three months of the year, and the government has warned the virus' impact on the second quarter will be more severe.

A major tourist destination with an infamous nightlife and red-light district, Pattaya has turned into a virtual ghost town.

Bars and clubs remain shuttered, however, and it is not clear when normal activity will resume.
Work permit holder boost but no news for separated families

The Foreign Ministry has informed Thailand's foreign chambers of commerce that foreigners who have work permits or permission from Thai government agencies will soon be allowed to enter the kingdom.

Currently, Thai nationals who wish to return to the country are being accommodated while some particular groups of foreigners such as diplomats or humanitarian workers are also allowed to enter.

Foreigners with work permits will be allowed to return once the aviation rules change although spouses and families are not included in the stipulation.

"It is for one group of non-Thai nationals, those with work permits. We understand that this has not included every group yet, but it's one good development," said Natapanu Nopakun, deputy spokesman of the ministry.

"We are going to implement step by step so please understand the measures that we have to take," he said adding that the discussion about whether to allow other groups of foreigners, including tourists, is still going on.

Eligible foreign nationals are invited to submit applications at Thai embassies in their countries. They must have health insurance and a health certificate.

Upon entry into the kingdom, non-Thai nationals will be subjected to a 14-day state quarantine at a government-designated or alternative approved facility at their own expense, and obliged to comply with the government's disease-prevention measures, according to information from the ministry.

In reaction to the announcement, a Twitter user wrote on Friday: "Pointless. By the time you have everything in order it would be mid-June and after quarantine July. Might as well just wait until July when likely there will be none of this nonsense."

The ministry has sent a letter, signed on May 28, to foreign chambers of commerce in Thailand stating that a regulation issued under the said emergency decree also allows non-Thai nationals who either possess a valid work permit or have already been granted permission from a Thai government agency to work in the kingdom, to apply for permission to enter the country.

"It is, however, requested that only those who urgently need to enter the kingdom may submit an application for entry.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in consultation with the Board of Investment and the Ministry of Labour, will consider all requests for entry on a case by case basis, taking into account urgency and economic importance, among others," the letter says.

Non-Thai nationals who wish to submit an application for entry are advised to contact the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in their country of departure to apply for a "Certificate of Entry into the Kingdom of Thailand" at least 10 working days before the date of intended departure.

It also requires a valid health insurance policy covering all expenditures for medical treatment, including Covid-19 worth at least US$100,000 (3.2 million baht).

The Thai Embassy/Consulate- General will forward the application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok. If the application is approved, the Thai Embassy/Consulate-General will be instructed to issue the "Certificate of Entry into the Kingdom of Thailand" and an appropriate visa to the applicant, the letter says.

At the port of departure/embarkation, the approved applicant is required to present the certificate issued by the Royal Thai Embassy Consulate-General; a completed and signed "Declaration Form" obtained from the Embassy/Consulate-General; and a "Fit to Fly Health Certificate" issued no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure.
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