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Bangkok cinema closed after breaking social distancing rules

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Sanook

Clearly violating social distancing guidelines, fans on Friday jam-packed in front of Major Cineplex at Bangkok’s Siam Paragon mall for an event to see two popular Thai actors. The cinema was ordered to close for 3 days for breaking the coronavirus prevention rules.

The cinema was hosting a meet-and-greet with actors Anan “Ying” Wong and Wanarat “War” Ratsameerat to promote the new Thai drama “End of Love.” Photos of the event show hundreds of people crowded together with zero attention to social distancing.

Over the weekend, Siam Piwat, which operates the shopping centre, ordered the cinema to close for 3 days. The Bangkok Post said they also apologised for the “inappropriate” approach to social distancing. The Post says the violators of the coronavirus prevention measures could face legal action.

Cinemas were allowed to reopen on June 1, but with safety measures such as no eating in the cinema and social distancing between groups of moviegoers. Patrons also have to wear a face mask at all times. The Bangkok cinema will reopen on the Wednesday.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Chiang Rai Times| Bangkok Post


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    Monday, June 8, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Is there anyone who is really surprised about this?? Thailand’s malls and mega shopping centers have been opened for weeks already. Throughout the USA and most every major city in the world has seen Thousands upon Thousands of people protesting and rioting in the streets, without any regard to social distancing or wearing face masks. The liberal democrat leaders of these cities imposed fines and/or arrested and jailed decent hard working citizens who dared to defy their lockdown rules. When the protests and rioting started they declined to enforce any of their newly imposed “Draconian” rules. This is analogous to the Thai leadership – dictatorship. Bow down to the moneyed elite business class, open the malls, forget about social distancing, face masks, etc… the greedy rich have to get richer by any means or cost to the peasants.
    Meanwhile, the Beaches in Phuket have remained closed due to the nonsensical, ludicrous fear of “gathering”!!
    Thailand, Go Figure….. there are many other much better countries to visit in this world!!!

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    Monday, June 8, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Not sure what someone would expect would happen when scheduling an “event” like this? If anything, fire the idiot(s) who did.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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