Bangkok Tourism Sandbox model proposed by Thailand

 Monday, August 30, 2021 

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Thailand’s private sector is proposing a Bangkok Tourism Sandbox model with the hope of reopening of businesses but with customers limited to vaccinated people. The private sector has proposed 3 measures to reopen businesses, including promoting businesses following guidelines for Coronavirus protection and a 70% vaccination rate among staff.

A second proposal is to use a Digital Health Pass for clients who are vaccinated. The third proposal is to begin a pilot project in certain retail businesses which declare themselves ready for the re-opening, following strict measures.

According to Sanan Angubolkul, President of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the proposed measures to reopen businesses in Bangkok, include standards such as SHA+ (SHA PLUS) like the Sha Plus model currently is used in the Phuket Sandbox project. The proposed Digital Health Pass can be used with vaccinated people whose details are recorded in the “Doctor Ready” or “Moh Prom” application, which applies to those who registered themselves for jabs provided by government.

The third proposal is to begin a pilot project in certain retail businesses which declare themselves ready for the re-opening and are capable of strictly following the measures. As for the industrial sector, the “Factory Sandbox” model is already in use to isolate infected workers and vaccinate them to increase confidence in the export sector. Launched on July 1, 2021, the Phuket Sandbox enables fully-vaccinated international visitors to fly directly to the destination and stay on the island quarantine-free.

Hotels need to ensure at least 70% of their staff has received vaccines, the same inoculation rate as Phuket’s population, creating herd immunity against COVID-19. While the high level of protection doesn’t prevent people from catching COVID-19, it does significantly reduce the likelihood of serious infection and hospitalization. Vice Governor of Phuket, Mr. Piyapong Choowong, has stated that he supports Phuket Sandbox. He also mentioned that the authority is making sure people on the island and all visitors are safe so it can run the Sandbox smoothly and continue to welcome more tourists to Phuket.

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