Pattaya May Delay Reopening Due to COVID Resurgence and Slow Vaccine Rollout

The Thai government announced yesterday that the plan to reopen Pattaya’s tourism industry in September was unlikely. 

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Deputy Governor Apichai Chatchalermkit attributed the delay to the resurgence of COVID-19 daily infections and insufficient vaccinations among the locals, the Bangkok Post reported.

Pattaya Business and Tourism Association (PBTA) president Bun-anan Phatthanasin said in an earlier statement that Pattaya needed to have at least 70% of its population vaccinated against COVID-19 before the reopening. 

Apichai said that Pattaya is still far from the herd immunity level of 70%, with only 33% of its population vaccinated. 

“Pattaya’s reopening plan cannot start without those conditions,” Apichai added.

The government’s latest update on COVID-19 ranked Chonburi the fourth province with the highest COVID transmission in the country.

Pattaya is Chonburi’s third district with the highest cases.

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