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Businesses Reopening in Thailand's "Dark Red Zones"?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing the possibility of business re-openings in the so-called "dark red zones".

A recent article from Reuters, that is, the article is titled: Thailand to Reopen to More Vaccinated Visitors from November. There is a lot going on in this article. I have done more information on the quarantine easings in videos contemporaneously with this one but specific to this video, I thought this was very, very not only good news but it was very insightful. Quoting directly: "It will also further ease restrictions from Friday in 29 "dark red" provinces under maximum control, including Bangkok, to allow more businesses and activities to reopen, such as spas, libraries, cinemas, indoor sports venues and nail salons." So again folks that watch this channel, I have never been in love with the lockdowns not by a darn sight. I really question the efficacy. I think the data over the past months, a year and a half have borne out that I don't really see and I am happy to stand corrected, but I don't really see the data out there that shows that these lockdowns have had any tremendous impact upon the overall situation. Also, the other one that I find intellectually disingenuous is this kind of middle ground. I guess I can understand the argument although I don't think again the science bears it out. I can understand the argument of just a total lockdown. It is like "okay everybody just don't move, don't do anything", but when you are in this limbo, like what is the difference between not having nail salons open right now and allowing foot massages? I don't really understand how that is the nuance, "does COVID know if you are getting your nails done?" I am not trying to be sarcastic or snarky or anything. I have my issues with the overall notion you can turn a knob on restrictions, somehow have a corresponding impact on the overall situation; I don't really see it.

Leaving that aside, this is certainly good news. We are happy to hear this and I hope the authorities, the relevant authorities for this matter stay with this overarching trend and we start to see Thailand reopen sooner rather than later. When I say Thailand, yes I know greater Thailand, there are parts that are currently open these "dark red zones", encompass essentially the major population centers of Thailand notably Bangkok, Pattaya, Cha-am, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai; these kind of places. That is really where a lot of the business activity is getting done and as I have said in other videos, the economic impact of these lockdowns has been devastating. So the quicker we can get reopened, the quicker we can start doing business, the quicker we can get tourists back in, the better.