Curfew hours shortened and malls allowed to reopen from Sunday

Curfew hours shortened and malls allowed to reopen from Sunday
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The night curfew will be shortened by one hour and shopping malls can reopen on Sunday announced the Thai Government today.

According to the official announcement, published in the Royal Gazette, the second phase of relaxing lockdown restrictions will begin on Sunday, May 17th.

This includes beginning the curfew at 11 pm instead of 10 pm to provide people with more time to get home. However, the curfew will still remain in place until 4 am.

Shopping malls and larger businesses may also reopen their doors on Sunday provided they comply with strict preventative measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. That includes using the new “ThaiChana” app to track visitors.

The list of businesses that may open again include:

  • Shops and stores located within department stores or malls including computer and electronic, bedding, furniture, consumption, building material, clothes, office supplies, cosmetics, and sports equipment, jewelry, gold, and commodity shops. Internet cafes, service providers, car shops, repair workshops, laundromats, insurance, credit businesses, dentists, and nail salons.
  • Large retail shops including furniture houses, building material stores, and large wholesale markets.
  • Beauty clinics and similar services for body and skin, but no facial surgery).
  • Gyms and fitness centers without any contact sports, group workouts, or use of exercise machines. Public pools with one hour of use per person and limited people using the pool per time.
  • Hotel meeting rooms including convention halls with a limit on the number of people inside at once.
  • Libraries
  • Museums and galleries
  • Film production with a limited crew of 50 people on set.

For now, other measures including those for public transport remain in place.

Source: The Nation

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