A proposal that will begin the reopening of businesses across Thailand is set for formal submission to the government on Monday.
Created by the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the proposal was officially announced in a video meeting between representatives from the public and private sectors.
According to the proposal, businesses would be separated into three zones – green, yellow, and red – representing the risk levels of each district.
Green businesses are those located in districts with no new coronavirus infections. Yellow businesses are those in districts with low infection levels. Red businesses are those located in areas where there is a high rate of infections.
Any business that is classified as “green” will allowed to operate as normal according to the proposal.
Businesses classified as “yellow” will need to implement strict safety measures, while “red” businesses will not be allowed to reopen.
Many SMEs across Thailand are suffering due to the impact of the covid-19 pandemic. It is estimated that up to 10 million people could lose their jobs over the next two to three months if no action is taken.
However, despite the proposal gaining support among business owners, the spokesperson for the Center of Covid-19 Situation Administration, Taweesin Visanuyothin, seemed to shot down the idea, saying:
“You want to reopen shopping? Will there be space for social distancing? Can restaurants keep tables further apart?”