The Pandemic and the ensuing Emergency Decree in Thailand have caused immeasurable economic impact across the country. Probably no sectors have been harder hit than hospitality, entertainment and nightlife.
Koh Samui a small Island in the Gulf of Thailand is no exception, in fact 90 percent of Koh Samui's economy depends on tourism.
March 18. 2020, marked the beginning of the shutdown. Initially bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues across the country were told to shut temporarily, whilst restaurants and food chains had to change from sit-in facilities to home delivery as the spread of Covid-19 became more serious in Thailand
On March 26th Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha announced Thailand was officially under emergency decree until the end of April to deal with Covid-19.
April 3. 2020 the Thai PM announced Thailand was on lockdown which included imposing a curfew, suspending incoming international and domestic flights as well as restricting journeys in excess of 300km. Non essential businesses were to remain closed until further notice.
The lockdown left many local, inter-provincial and migrant workers without a job.and struggling to feed themselves and their families. For many,donations in the form of food parcels is their only means.
The suspension of Inter-provincial national bus services to the southern provinces from Bangkok did not resume until June 9. 2020 and with most airports re-opening and resuming domestic flights on May 1. with the exception of Phuket Airport that was not allowed to open until June 13. 2020.
June 15. 2020 marked the end of the curfew which ensued for over two months.However the Emergency Decree is still in place, which means borders (incoming) still remain closed. The shutdown of hospitality entertainment and nightlife is set to resume on July 1. 2020 with strict new measures, but for many businesses it's already to late.
International tourism, which many locals and guest workers heavily rely upon, remains to be announced as to when and in what form it will return. The Director of the Civil Aviation Authority Thailand told reporters it could be as late as September. The Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has proposed a tourist revival-strategy of rejecting mass tourism in favor of 'high end' tourists under a travel bubble scheme which would include countries Thailand considers 'low risk' of spreading covid-19.
Our humanitarian goal during this unprecedented period is to help as many people without a job as possible by delivering food parcels to the most needy until these people can start once again to support themselves. For those desperately needing to get home to their provinces or just seeking more prosperous pastures we would like to offer them a bust ticket.
A food parcel which includes rice, eggs canned fish and noodles costs about 5 pounds,A bus ticket to the most furthest destination costs approximately twenty five pounds.
The closure of hospitality, nightlife and entertainment venues across the country set off a domino-effect disaster, with the economic impact trickling down from workers from this sector to taxi drivers to food vendors and beyond.
We understand that many of you back in your home country are at a loss struggling with the pandemic, but if you can, we ask you to dig deep for this worthy cause.
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