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Chaing Mai venue owners don’t agree with shutdown plans



PHOTO: Chiang Mai City News

On March 15, Deputy PM and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakil says he will ask the Covid-19 outbreak management committee to close all entertainment venues nationwide. Other measures include declaring additional disease areas and banning activities involving mass gatherings to prevent cluster infections involving people drinking together in pubs.

The measure has been submitted to the national Covid-19 prevention committee led by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and will be implemented under the Communicable Disease Act and the National Administration Act.

Yesterday, after owners of Chiang Mai’s entertainment venues received the new updates on the proposed ‘lockdown’, they came out against the Public Health minister’s plan to close entertainment venues. One of the owners in the province says he doesn’t agree with the measure because it would heavily impact the business.

“The government should come up with better solutions and prevention methods.”

During the period following the Covid-19 outbreak, more than half of the customers to his entertainment venue disappeared, “which is causing his business severe trouble”.

The business owner’s name was not published.

Warning the government, the man said… “if the government confirms the shutdown of all venues, around 10,000 people will lose their jobs. With multiple entertainment venues such as pubs, bars, karaoke shops, and restaurants, Chiang Mai has 10,000 people working in these facilities. If the government shuts them down, owners will cooperate, but it is inevitable that the 10,000 will lose their jobs.”

He said they have already followed the Public Health Ministry guidelines, also checking the temperature of customers before entering.

“If anyone was found to have temperature of 37.5 celsius or more, they would be prohibited from entering.”

Note: Zoe in Yellow, a bar in Chiang Mai, have asked us to add to this article that the picture that was originally used with this article, which included the front of their premises, did not reflect their attitude to the content of the article. 

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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