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Massage shops urged to avoid employing masseurs returning from abroad

May 28. 2020
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By The Nation

The Public Health Ministry is urging massage parlours to hold off on employing foreign returnees for at least a month since their return from overseas.

Dr Tares Krassanairawiwong, head of the Department of Health Service Support, said plans are being made to allow massage parlours to reopen as part of the easing of restrictions, and the department is currently discussing prevention measures with massage shop operators.

Massage parlours will be required to screen both the masseur’s and client’s temperature, mats must be placed two metres apart and both the client and masseur must wear a face mask at all times. He said the wearing of a mask during massage does not affect the respiratory or circulator system in any way. Massage shops and customers are also required to register on the ThaiChana platform.

“Only one-hour massages are allowed for now, and masseurs cannot work on the area above the shoulders. Extension of the massage period will be considered later,” Tares said.

He has also asked massage parlour owners to temporarily not employ masseurs returning from overseas for at least a month from the date of arrival.

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