A target date of May 17th has been set for reopening large businesses and shopping malls if coronavirus figures remain low.
Today, three new covid-19 cases were discovered, all from people who had recently returned to Thailand. Figures have been low for several days now with the exception of a cluster of cases discovered in an immigration center in Songkhla on Monday.
This has prompted the Thai Government to consider the second stage of reopening businesses and venues in 10 days’ time.
Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said that a proposal to further ease restrictions would be drafted by next Thursday.
Last weekend, small businesses in several categories were allowed to reopen on the condition that they followed strict hygiene and social distancing rules.
While one factor when considering the reopening of shopping malls and larger businesses will be the official coronavirus figures, another will be how small businesses that are already open are maintaining measures to stop the spread of the virus.
A number of businesses were found to be in violation of the hygiene measures set out by the government during the first days of opening and will need to improve so that other premises can resume trading.
While consideration is being given to reopening shopping malls it is not indicated yet what measures will be implemented to stop many people gathering on the premises.
One idea being put forward is a two-hour limit for people to be inside shopping malls in addition to a limit on the number of people allowed inside at one time.
The government will discuss options over the next few days.
Source: Khaosod | Photo: Bangkok Post