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Rawai Mayor asks Phuket Governor permission to close Nai Harn Beach

Rawai Mayor asks Phuket Governor permission to close Nai Harn Beach

PHUKET: Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos has confirmed to The Phuket News that he has not closed Nai Harn Beach. However, he has requested permission from the Phuket Governor to do so.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 27 March 2020, 11:41PM


The notice posted by Rawai Municipality earlier this evening (Mar 27). Image: Rawai Municipality / Facebook

The notice posted by Rawai Municipality earlier this evening (Mar 27). Image: Rawai Municipality / Facebook

The news follows a notice posted by Rawai Municipality late this afternoon (Mar 27) announcing that the public areas at Promthep Cape, Nai Harn Lake, Rawai Pier, the municipal football field and the Windmill Viewpoint be closed to the public from 6pm today (Mar 27) to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coonavirus.

Despite some reports online, the notice did not mention Nai Harn Beach, Yanui Beach or Ao Sane. (See notice here.)

“I have sent a formal request to Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana to close Nai Harn Beach, Yanui and Ao Sane to the public,” Mayor Aroon told The Phuket News.

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“The request is under consideration,” he said.

“The beach is a public place where people always gather together. I worry about the risk of spreading the disease, and it is a risk for lifeguards here,” Mayor Aroon added.

“We need the Phuket Governor to agree to my request. We will know his decision soon,” he said.

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H2538 | 29 March 2020 - 13:33:04

Beach closed but what about access to the get out in the ocean? On another note went for some shopping today. What a mess, checking temp but when people first inside the locals show absolutely no respect for distancing to their next. But a individual walk in the park or a swim is forbidden!!

friend | 28 March 2020 - 17:05:35

i hope nai harn remain open

Cos | 28 March 2020 - 14:06:04

What exactly would be achieved by closing beaches during the day time when UV levels are super-high and people can get Vitamin D to boost their immune systems? Making sure there's no party after sunset is a different story and makes sense from the prevention standpoint. 

Absolutely illogical and counter-productive measure. 

H2538 | 28 March 2020 - 12:45:30

So how can people who have no interest of the sandy beach or gather together with anyone but simply want to swim laps for exercise access the water?

Capricornball | 28 March 2020 - 11:01:44

Another knee-jerk reaction.  How about some restrictions and oversight instead of blanket measures that deprive responsible people from getting out and staying healthy, which is also very important.  Many beaches have people maintaining safe distancing, with just a few clusters of idiots threatening to ruin it for everyone else.

jamstock | 28 March 2020 - 10:46:15

I think that closing the beaches would be a big mistake as the hot sun, dry sand and salty water would make it very hard for any virus to survive, so likelihood of transmission is low. To maintain their health and wellbeing people need to a place to go out and get some air and some exercise (In UK parks are still allowed). People just need to be sensible and not gather in big groups.

Kurt | 28 March 2020 - 10:22:29

If NaiHarn beach will be closed, the Governor must give a valid reason why other beaches not would be closed. People not being able to visit NaiHarn Beach will go to Kata and Karon Beaches. There it will become than more crowded, something nobody wants, yes?

 

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