Thailand: Shopping Malls to close by 9pm to prevent the spread of Covid-19

As part of efforts to contain the second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak in Thailand, all shopping centres will close at 9 pm daily. This is a change from the current 10 pm closing time in most malls. Some malls in Thailand close even later or run 24 hours.

The Thai Retailers Association and the Thai Shopping Center Association have jointly agreed to cooperate with the public sector is stepping up measures against COVID-19.

The announcement concerning all shopping centres is first, meant to ensure public safety. And secondly, to continue to provide them with good services under this situation. In this regard, all shopping centres and shops inside the centres will strictly conduct screening measures.

Last night, many malls within Bangkok were closed early. Some shoppers like Ms Sutida, 38 said, “It is for our own good. We must all play our part to prevent the spread of Covid-19. I only came out to buy some groceries and some cutlery. I won’t be shopping unless it is truly urgent”. A taxi driver nicknamed “Daeng” complained to our reporter on the lack of fares after 10 pm. “It was midnight and now its become earlier and earlier. How long is this trouble to last? I cannot take this anymore,” he complained.

Authorities role out more Covid-19 prevention measures

Meanwhile, Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri quoted the Prime Minister as calling on all sectors to cooperate in tackling the pandemic. He added that all sectors are to be responsible for public health.

The Prime Minister also called for the avoidance of activities with a gathering of many people. The Prime Minister advises the public to wear face masks. Secondly, maintain a social distancing. And finally, to frequently wash their hands.

The Thai authorities are urging the public to cooperate on the measurement of body temperature. Body temperature screening is performed in various places to prevent COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, they should download the “Mor Chanaā€¯ application, a contact tracking application designed to contain the local transmission of the virus.

The Prime Minister called on Thai people to unite to overcome the virus. “With their cooperation, the problem can be under control as soon as possible”, he said.

As of today, the 6th of January 2020, there are a total of 8966 cases of Covid-19 in Thailand. The number of recoveries stands at 4,397. The total number of deaths is 65.

To view the announcement from the Thai PM, visit the link here.

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