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Bangkok City Hall eyes reopening 8 types of venue

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Bangkok’s City Hall (aka the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration) has agreed to allow the reopening of 8 areas of activities but has not announced the date yet according to a spokesman.

After its executive meeting, the BMA will issue relief some measures, since the current ones will expire tomorrow. 8 types of locations will reportedly be allowed to open:

  1. Restaurants: People can eat in, but seats must be kept 1.5 metres apart and alcoholic beverages are barred; opening hours must adhere to the Emergency Decree.
  2. Markets can sell all types of products.
  3. Areas for exercise: Only non-contact sports such as walking, running, badminton, tennis, table tennis, etc. are allowed; team sports such as football, softball, volleyball, basketball are prohibited.
  4. Public parks to be open for exercise and rest, however gatherings will not be allowed.
  5. Barber shops and beauty salons: Only allowed to cut, wash, and dry; must stop for cleaning and sterilising every two hours; only reserve a queue for service; operator has to wear a mask and a face shield at all times.
  6. Pet salon, clinics, or animal hospital: Only one pet or one animal can be brought in.
  7. Hospitals, clinics and nursing homes
  8. Golf courses

Establishments that fail to follow these guidelines will be immediately closed.

The BMA has proposed these measures to the government and they will be discussed at a meeting with the Communicable Disease Committee today to prepare further measures.

A decision on the prohibition of selling alcoholic beverages, which will end tomorrow, is still awaited.

SOURCE: The Nation Thailand

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Lack of social distancing at BTS stations in Bangkok

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This morning with thousands of people heading off to work, they ended stranded at BTS stations after services were hit by a “technical error”. A post via twitter at 6:03 am from BTS SkyTrain authorities, states “there has been a technical error from on the rail line near National Stadium and Siam stations, the delay will take roughly 10 minutes. We are sorry for any inconvenience.”

Meanwhile travellers kept streaming onto the platforms and squashed into the area while waiting for the trains.

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Pictures of BTS travellers waiting in line at the stations went viral today, contradicting the best intentions and attempts at social distancing as required by the Public Health Ministry.

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SOURCE: The Nation

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Bangkok Governor orders 34 ‘at risk’ businesses to stay closed

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Here’s 34 types of businesses that will remain closed around Bangkok until at least May 31. Bangkok’s Governor Aswin Khwanmuang ordered the temporary closure of these 34 locations that pose a risk for Covid-19 infection. This only pertains to businesses in Bangkok.

1. Theatre, cinema, playhouse

2. Pub, bar, entertainment venue

3. Water park, amusement park

4. Playground, children’s play areas in the market including floating markets and flea markets

5. Department stores (except the supermarket area, pharmacies, miscellaneous goods that are essential, retail stores, telecommunication businesses, banks and government and state enterprises offices)

6. Zoos

7. Billiards or snooker venue

8. Bowling alley or arcade

9. Game centre and internet cafe

10. Public pool or similar business

11. Rooster fight ring

12 Fitness centre

13. Museum

14. Exhibition location, exhibition centre and convention hall.

15. Library

16. Nursery

17. Elderly care

18. Boxing stadium

19. Martial arts school or gym

20. Tattoo parlour

21. Dance school

22. Race track

23. Sauna or steaming room

24. Massage parlour

25. Amulet shop

26. Weight loss shop or beauty clinics

27. Massage house

28. Banquet hall

29. All performances in public areas

30. All types of arenas

31. Skating or rollerblade park

32. Beauty salon (only allowed to cut, wash, and set the hair without other customers waiting in the shop)

33. Sports stadium (only sports that do not need multiple players while clubhouse must be closed to prevent people from gathering)

34. Parks (open only for individuals to exercise, such as walking, running, or bicycling while keeping social distancing).

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Media, don’t be fooled by protesters – Finance secretary

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Media outlets are being duped by highly visible protesters trying to attract media attention in their efforts to receive the 5,000 baht “No One Left Behind” handouts, according to Finance permanent secretary Prasong Poonthanate. He even accuses the protesters and says many have already received the subsidy cash, but are demanding more. As an example he mentioned the recent case of a taxi driver who tried to scale the perimeter fence of the Finance Ministry as media filmed the incident.

The cabbie, identified as Pongpicharn Thanathirapong, was at the Ministry on Thursday to demand that the handout be wired to his account that day, saying he’d gotten a text message telling him to show up at the Ministry to file his claim.

Prasong told the media on Friday that the Ministry is ready to help people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that his officers have been working nonstop to speed up distributing the money those in urgent need. He also mentioned another protester who, he alleges, brought arsenic with him, which he had intended to swallow in front of the media.

On Monday, a 59 year old woman swallowed a large volume of rat poison in front of the Finance Ministry after shouting “None cares about me! There’s no one to take care of me!” She collapsed and went into shock, and was rushed to hospital. She survived. Several other suicides have been linked to desperation over the financial ruin brought by the pandemic.

Prasong alleged another incident in which a woman collapsed in front of the Finance Ministry, then falsely accused a guard who rushed to help her of trying to assault her.

“What can we do? We are civil servants who must be patient and try to explain the situation to them. We asked them to return home after completing complaint forms, to avoid the risk of spreading the virus, but some refused.”

He urged the media not to accord the protesters “an undue level of coverage.”

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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