Relax: Thailand eyes prepping massage parlors as quarantine facilities

Relaxing massages and spa treatments could soon be an option for tourists serving two-week quarantine in the Land of Smiles. 

Health officials announced yesterday that adding such facilities popular among foreign tourists could help boost the local economy while killing tourist boredom during their mandatory two-week isolation a requirement for a Special Tourist Visa that tourists can apply to stay in the kingdom for up to nine months. 

Tourists under quarantine may also be treated to homegrown local products and food at approved spa and massage parlors, according to Thares Krasnairawiwong, director of Health Service Support Department. 

Similar to those held for quarantine at hotels, Thares told reporters that guests serving “their time” at such parlors would be tested for COVID-19 at least twice during their stay. He cited that such places must be spacious, have divided rooms, and obtain consent from the local community for granting health official approval. Staff attending to travelers will also be required to stay within the vicinity of those parlors and not mix with the general public. 

The COVID-19 subcommittee task force has already approved this proposal and will forward it to the main COVID-19 committee for final approval in two weeks’ time, according to Thares. If approved, it would be piloted in Southern provinces like Krabi.


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