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Museums, historical sites to reopen from Friday

May 21. 2020
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By THE NATION

Museums, historical parks, archaeological sites and national archives will reopen from Friday (May 22) in line with the government’s second phase of easing lockdown measures, the Fine Arts Department said.

The sites that will reopen include the Prem Tinsulanonda Archives and the Banharn-Jamsai Tower in Suphanburi, which was built in honour of late former PM Banharn Silpa-archa and his wife Jamsai, said Prateep Pengtago, the Fine Arts Department’s director general.

Prateep said every venue will register with the “Thai Chana” platform to get a QR code, which visitors can use to leave their phone number as part of a contact-tracing exercise. The platform also allows venues to keep track of the number of visitors as well as collect ratings.

He also said that all preventive measures will be employed at every venue, such as checking visitors’ temperature, providing hand-sanitising gel and ensuring social distancing. In addition, groups larger than 10 will have to contact officials in advance.

“Related officials must inform the department every week about the Covid-19 situation in provinces where museums or historical sites are located. This information will be used to see if the venues should remain open or not,” he said.

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