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Malls And Markets in Bangkok Ordered to Close Until 12 April

Source: Thai Visa

Shopping malls and markets in Bangkok have been ordered to close from Sunday 22 March.

Only supermarkets and pharmacies will be allowed to remain open.

All other shops must remain closed until 12 April.

Restaurants can only offer a takeaway service, while restaurants in hotels are only allowed to serve food to guests.

The announcement was made by Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang on Saturday.

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Mr Aswin stressed that supermarkets will remain open so there was no need to panic buy.

Businesses which must remain closed include:

  • Health spas
  • Movie theatres
  • Bars
  • Weight-loss clinics
  • Waxing salons
  • Skating or rollerblading rinks
  • Beauty salons
  • Amusement parks, bowling alleys, arcades
  • Internet/gaming cafes
  • Golf courses, driving ranges
  • Public swimming pools
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Child care/babysitting centres
  • Care services for the elderly
  • Buddhist amulet markets
  • Cockfighting arenas
  • Meeting and exhibition venues
  • Fresh markets
  • Child care and education centres
  • All educational institutes

Mall food courts can remain open but most only offer food to take away.

Meanwhile, the private sector has been urged, where possible, to allow all employees to work from home. People are also encouraged to avoid travelling into populated areas and using services such as the BTS and MRT.

The news comes as Thailand on Saturday announced 89 new cases of coronavirus infections, the largest jump in cases in a single day, bringing the number of cases to more than 400.