The popular weekend market at Chatuchak in Bangkok is putting together the final preparations for reopening tomorrow after being closed for more than a month due to the coronavirus restrictions.
While the plant section of the market was allowed to reopen on May 3rd, this weekend will see many of the food, clothes, shoes, bags, and souvenir stalls trading again for the first time in weeks.
The market, which is controlled by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), will open from 5 am until 6 pm tomorrow and Sunday. However, the night market will remain closed for the rest of the month due to the curfew in place nationwide.
Numerous measures will be imposed on both visitors and vendors at the market in line with government instructions. These include:
- Lines on the ground to help visitors maintain physical distancing while browsing and standing.
- Body temperature screening checkpoints at all entrances to the market.
- Alcohol gel and hand washing points throughout the market.
- Compulsory face-mask wearing for both vendors and visitors.
- Toilet cleaning will take place every two hours.
- Food shops and stalls to implement seating arrangements that keep customers at least 1.5 meters away from each other or to use dividers to separate tables.
- Small shops and stalls are limited to five customers at a time.
- Large shops and stalls are limited to 10 customers at a time.
The BMA will monitor the situation closely to ensure that all vendors and visitors are obeying the restrictions correctly and properly.
The reopening of Chatuchak market is part of the first phase in allowing businesses to operate again. The second phase for shopping malls and larger businesses to reopen is currently being planned for May 17th.