The Bangkok Governor, Aswin Kwanmuang, has announced that he plans to reopen a range of businesses after the city’s current lockdown restrictions expire at midnight on Thursday.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), on instruction from the governor, has informed the Thai Government of its plan to reopen venues across the city in eight different categories.
The categories up for consideration are:
- Exercise venues
- Animal hospitals and grooming parlors
- Golf course and driving ranges
In the proposal to the government, the BMA has outlined strict conditions to ensure all reopenings will comply with the prevention of spreading covid-19.
Restaurants will need to space customers at least 1.5 meters apart and will need to remain closed during curfew hours. They will also need to respect any alcohol bans and not serve clients alcoholic beverages.
Sports and exercise facilities may allow sports and activities that do not require people to be gathered closely together such as walking, running, tennis, badminton, and table tennis.
Other sports such as football, volleyball, basketball, and softball will remain suspended.
Barbers and hairdressers can offer customers hair washing, cutting, and drying services only. They must stop every two hours to clean the shop and may not have a waiting area within the premises. Staff must also wear gloves and face shields.
Health clinics, beauty clinics, golf courses, and driving ranges must check the temperature of customers before they enter the premises and ensure safe social distancing is practiced.
If the government accepts the proposal submitted by the BMA, businesses that fit in any of the categories above may reopen on Friday morning.
Source: Bangkok Post