Chiang Mai authorities have set October 1st as the date for launching the “Charming Chiang Mai” project as the general COVID-19 situation in Chiang Mai appears to be stabilizing and the province is one of seven major destinations to pilot the “sandbox” project.
Chiang Mai Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguanrat said a requisite for reopening is that at least 70% of the residents have to be vaccinated and four districts, Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao, were chosen for the local “sandbox” model. They are closer to hitting the 70% vaccination target than anywhere else in the province.
He said the Chiang Mai tourism “sandbox” capitalizes on traditions, culture and nature, for which the province is best known. Local tourism service providers joining the “sandbox” program must be Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certified.
The governor added that authorities are prioritizing the health and safety of the people in the province. Vaccination progress and infection rates are constantly reviewed. If the province is not ready to open by October 1st, selected areas or establishments, such as restaurants, spas and golf courses, will resume business first and customers must be fully vaccinated. (NNT)