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I've had a trip planned for the big city for awhile' gotta get the car serviced and take my elderly mother-in-law to PSU Hospital for a check up.

 

I called ahead to my favorite whisky supplier, who told me there has been a disruption in the supply chain incoming from Malaysia and that many of their staple brands were out of stock.

 

We still have a lot of shopping to get done and just wonder how this is affecting trade [are shops and restaurants open?], traffic and the god-awful parking situation downtown.

 

Also, are all the massage places closed?

 

Is Makro well supplied? Is is crowded?

 

Any info much appreciated.

 

Up here in the sticks it's all pretty quiet and laid back, but there are still tons of teens joyriding around town on motorbikes -- much more than ever before. I assume this'll be a regional phenomenon.

 

Anyway, since so many of us have more free time on our hands than normal, please feel free to write in regarding the situation in your locale...

 

 

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Hi there,

 

Songkhla province has already introduced the closure of entertainment venues, including pubs, massage parlours etc. Hotels, shops and restaurants are still open but restaurants have been advised to decrease the number of tables and maintain a larger distance between them.

 

There have been a dozen Covid cases reported in Songkhla province. 

The closure is intended to last 2 weeks, but given the worldwide situation, I reckon it will last longer than that.

 

Supermarkets have been well-stocked this week, but we don't know how this changes. Been to Macro and Tesco Lotus and found no shortages. Today, I am going to the Tesco near PSU, so I'll see how things have changed.

 

Sadao border seems to be closed, so this may be the answer to the whisky supply problems. 

Parking won't be a problem though. The town is becoming empty. It's finally easy to drive around.

 

I would definitely advise against coming here.

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Thanks for the update; I would prefer not to go, but don't really have another choice since my wife insists on having her mom get a check-up.

 

I get so frustrated because her medical issues mostly stem from her being morbidly obese, but the doctors there never encourage her to change her diet, so it seems like a complete waste of time and energy to me -- not to mention the risk of exposure to novel pathogens.

 

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Actually I was wrong with the number. Songkhla has reported no cases, but the surrounding southern provinces have found 12 Covid cases so far. Kind of hard to believe.

 

 

 

 

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I've not been into town since Saturday when we had dinner at the De Van Cuisine, it was all fairly normal then, with the food stalls around Lee Garden busy with weekend Malaysian families. We opted not to go for a beer on Sunday night. We're debating whether to go out for dinner tomorrow as usual, wife is suggesting not.

 

There's certainly been an increase in the numbers of people wearing masks while out and about, indeed I've taken to wearing one; not so much against the virus, rather to assuage anyone's fear of a 'dirty farang'.

 

Tuesday will be our next fortnightly shop, so we will see whether there are any empty shelves starting to appear. There was no sign of that a couple of weeks back, though both Big-C and Robinson's Tops had temperature checks and hand gel stations on entry.

 

Traffic is noticeably lighter, though with the schools on holiday that's always the case, but it also helps that the number of Malaysian tourist buses had decreased, and now since Wednesday stopped entirely.

 

There have been no virus cases reported for Songkhla province, though it's a concern that there were 140 or so Thai delegates at the tabligh convention at Masjid Jamek, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, which has been a huge source of infection in Malaysia. I assume most were from the south, but it's unclear if they've been quarantined or not. I guess time will tell.

 

I would say come do your shopping as planned, just follow the social distancing rules, stay about 2m away from anyone, don't touch your face unless you've washed your hands. Probably wear a mask, as much to calm worried Thais as to prevent infection.

 

Hat Yai's not yet the full zombie apocalypse.

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I see it's been reported that amongst the 50 new infections reported yesterday were "a six-month-old child and six adults in Pattani and Songkhla who had attended a religious ceremony in Malaysia."

 

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384478?

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Went to Tesco Lotus this morning. Apart from a slight shortage of canned fish and some brands of water, the shelves seemed well-stocked. I was surprised by the lot of meat and vegetables. They even had "no-added sugar" almond milk which they are usually short of 🙂 

 

But as a bad news, I am afraid they are trying to locate a few possibly infected people. More and more messages are circulating on Facebook and Line looking for people who travelled between Bangkok and Hat Yai on the 7th, 8th, 12th, 15th. They also assume that some infected people appeared in Jiranakorn Stadium on the 14th and 15th. They also look for people who had taken certain minivans or cabs between the town and the airport. Man, it's the beginning. We'll be asked to stay indoors in a matter of days.

 

Yesterday,  the local government started disinfecting the town and free masks were given away this morning. See photos below.

 

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Completed our fortnightly shop today, a day early, and we probably bought enough of the basics for a month.

 

Traffic in Hat Yai was much the same as usual, but it's noticeable now that more people are wearing masks, I'd guess around 75%. 

 

Big C Extra wasn't busy, and the only noticeable gap on the shelves was in the noodles aisle, canned foods were largely intact. TOPS was much the same, no more busy than usual for a lunchtime, and plenty of everything, the exception was coconut milk where the shelf was bare.

 

Driving through town I noted plenty of places shuttered up, noticeably the restaurants and bars, only saw one Malaysian registered car, and no buses.

 

The food delivery services are thriving, the pink liveried FoodPanda and green GrabFood, have now been joined by the red of Buddy Deliver, and the yellow of WeServe, all weaving in and out of the traffic or loitering waiting for food.

 

I think we'll survive down south.

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    Thanks for the update, Stocky. My trip went pretty well, but I got held up at immigration trying to get a re-entry permit. What would normally take 20 minutes turned into two hours because the place was swamped with people trying to get 30-day extensions...thus, I never had time to do the shopping. But we basically can get everything we need our here in the sticks anyway.

 

The good news is that the whisky hub had a case waiting for me, so I am sipping on some Walton's as I write this...anyway, hopefully we can get more reports from around the region as to how it is going.

 

 

On 3/21/2020 at 1:40 PM, garrya said:

Went to Tesco Lotus this morning. Apart from a slight shortage of canned fish and some brands of water, the shelves seemed well-stocked. I was surprised by the lot of meat and vegetables. They even had "no-added sugar" almond milk which they are usually short of 🙂 

 

But as a bad news, I am afraid they are trying to locate a few possibly infected people. More and more messages are circulating on Facebook and Line looking for people who travelled between Bangkok and Hat Yai on the 7th, 8th, 12th, 15th. They also assume that some infected people appeared in Jiranakorn Stadium on the 14th and 15th. They also look for people who had taken certain minivans or cabs between the town and the airport. Man, it's the beginning. We'll be asked to stay indoors in a matter of days.

 

Yesterday,  the local government started disinfecting the town and free masks were given away this morning. See photos below.

 

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They came in force today and gave Hat Yai Nai a good scrubbing. Looks like the whole city is getting a Spring clean.

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Update:

Been in Big C and Tesco Lotus and now there are obvious signs of panic-buying. Empty shelves and shortage of products are seen. Loads of people pushing packed trolleys. 

Apparently, the curfew starts on the 25th or 26th. It will most likely be a partial curfew for the beginning.  The decision is being made now. 

 

 

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15 minutes ago, garrya said:

Been in Big C and Tesco Lotus and now there are obvious signs of panic-buying. Empty shelves and shortage of products are seen. Loads of people pushing packed trolleys. 

It's a good job we went yesterday in that case.

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Any updates? Total lockdown even here in Ranode. The houses are all shut up, but the problem seems to have trickled out onto the street. The roads are crazy now...lots of joyriding, poppin' wheelies, racing...no helmets, multiple passengers...and they are all wearing surgical masks.

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What do you mean by 'lockdown'?

Probably the voluntary type

 

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4 hours ago, Vigilante said:

What do you mean by 'lockdown'?

Probably the voluntary type

 

'lockdown' might be inaccurate...but riding my bike through town is almost eerie for lack of activity...but except for the teenage boys on bikes, the self quarantine has been very effective.

 

I go out every day and ride around on my mountain bike through the rice fields,,,not a bad time to live in the middle of nowhere.

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