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Shopping centres, supermarkets and convenience stores to close an hour earlier in Red Zones

Tim Newton



With the rising reported cases in Thailand, The Thai Retailers Association and Thai Shopping Centre Association has adjusted closing times for shopping centres, supermarkets and your local convenience stores.

The situation applies for red zone provinces only at this stage. The new closing times will operate until at least May 2.

• Shopping centres will close at 8pm
• Supermarkets close at 9pm
• Convenience stores (7-Eleven, Family Mart, etc) will close at 10pm

In all cases the closing times have been brought forward an hour from the previous declaration.

Today, Thailand announced 2,839 new infections, a record high.

Here’s a list of the red zone provinces…

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen


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    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:47 am

    This is definitely the solution.
    If you let a monkey drive, don’t be surprised about accidents…

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    dee lee

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    So a supermarket located within a shopping center will close ….. when ? Are you sure ?

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    David Pilkington

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Whilst it makes sense to limit the hours of all venues where there is social togetherness, if the convenience stores have, let’s say, a spreader-risk factor of 1, I would put night clubs at factor 10. Let’s hope the ‘authorities’, for want of a better term, are checking for any such clubs still running the gauntlet. I’ll bet there are dozens, if not hundreds, of such places running the risk of evading the spasmodic watch of our over-busy RTP.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Far too little, far too late.

    A great job last year from Thais and government alike led to complacency.

    A short, sharp “firebreak” is the only answer, followed by buying any vaccines available – even 50% efficacy is way better than none – and shelving the idea of producing any domestically except in the long term.

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    David Mann

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    I literally can not get my head around this 1 hour earlier closing. There have been many times when I have been stunned by sheer amazement of what I see in Thailand, but this one goes a step further. It’s clearly in the category of “seen to be doing something”. But why not play some loud music, or flash the lights on and off, or make staff wear yellow (or red!)? They would have the same affect on Covid as closing an hour earlier. Obviously it reduces by one hour the time people can spend in proximity to each other, but so what. This will do nothing to curb the latest outbreak of Covid, unless it’s aimed at trying to get more people to die through banging their head against a brick wall in frustration rather than from Covid? Only 3 ways to control a pandemic:
    1) Let it rip through the population with associated high mortality to achieve herd immunity.
    2) Vaccinate 70% or more of the population to achieve herd immunity.
    3) Lockdown to reduce the chances of it passing from one person to another and damage the economy and destroy jobs.

    No one is brave enough to do option 1
    Its too late to do option 2
    Thailand can’t afford to do option 3
    I’m glad I’m not a politician at these difficult times.

    Good luck Thailand and everywhere else. Option 2 is the way out of this.

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    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Too late now, Shut down in-flight

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    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    covid show in the world-politics show
    is sometimes funny but mostly boring.
    who still believe ( what is never to know )
    what show-makers say on tv and many youtubers ? 🙂

    0 COvid and CO 2, not own anything and you like it,
    highlights that show. must be long time ago
    when humanity found pro life politics ?

    who not think /is asking for itself, keeps follow tv talks.
    who think a bit, keeps follow any alternative speakers.
    and some even go back to religion or new age beliefs. well.

    you and you all are the sovereign /own boss.
    so I keep saying to myself, everything is a show,
    hurts sometimes but i support, social-ism distance. 😉

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 2:39 am

    David-Stick to writing your own language. You FAIL miserably at English

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    Mister Stretch

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Yeah, that hour earlier is going to make a difference. NOT.

    Thailand is beginning to resemble Turkey. They do periodic closings, weekend shutdowns to try and keep the economy going while trying to slow the spread of the virus.

    All they’ve done is irritate a lot of people with their inconsistency.

    Shutdown is necessary to slow the spread while you vaccinate. Britain – for its terrible job of managing the virus initially, finally has a hand on it by shutting down…vaccinating as fast as they can, and now we are seeing the fruits of that in a significantly slower spread, hospitalizations and deaths.

    Shutdown…like we did at the beginning…and vaccinate is the only way the government is going to get a handle on this.

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    Henry Ford

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 8:49 am

    So people will shop at 8pm instead of 9pm, wow the virus will surely be outwitted by that clever move.

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 10:35 am

    @David – I haven’t got a clue on what you are trying to say, despite the fact I’m an university educated English national. Your best bet would be to return to school and try a bit harder this time. (or don’t post if you are drunk, or under the influence of some other substance)

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for nearly 40 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented 3,900 radio news bulletins in Thailand alone, hosted 450 daily TV news programs, produced 1,800 videos, TV commercials and documentaries and is now the General Manager and writer for The Thaiger. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue.


Thailand’s airlines call for meeting with PM to discuss soft loans

Maya Taylor



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The Bangkok Post reports that representatives from Thai AirAsia, Thai AirAsia X, Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Thai Smile Airways, Thai Lion Air, and Thai Vietjet Air want to meet the PM to discuss what progress, if any, has been made on the matter. Wutthipong Prasartthong-osod from the TAA says the loans would give the carriers the support they desperately need at this time, with the association also putting the request in writing.

The airlines previously met with the PM last August to discuss the proposal, with the TAA pointing out the situation has worsened considerably since then. The ongoing third wave of Covid-19 has led to a reduction in flights, which has had a significant impact on revenue.

In addition, carriers are struggling to meet the ongoing costs of operating flights and paying workers. The association says the provision of soft loans would cushion the impact and help domestic tourism. It is also calling on the government to vaccinate airline staff, given that they are frontline workers in the tourism sector.

The Bangkok Post reports that in February, the Finance Minister, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, was hesitant in his response to the call for soft loans, with the Export-Import Bank of Thailand asked to come up with some form of financial assistance for the airlines. According to Arkhom, providing soft loans or bringing such lending under the Public Service Account would mean his ministry having to take responsibility for the difference between market interest and soft loan interest.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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Thai Airways debt restructuring vote pushed back to next week




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The vote on Thai Airways International’s debt restructuring plan has been postponed and rescheduled for next week. The national airline needs the plan to be approved by more than 50% of creditors to move forward with the bankruptcy proceedings.

The airline’s total liabilities stack up more than 300 billion baht. With flight suspensions over the past year brought on by travel restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Thai Airways lost 141 billion baht last year.

Thai Airways has proposed a 3-year freeze on the loan repayments as well as a 6-year delay on bond repayments. The airline is also pushing to have unpaid interest on loans waived.

Debtholders discussed the plan during a video conference today and decided to delay the vote, a legal advisor to Thai Airways told reporters. Back in March, Thailand’s Finance Minister, which is the airline’s largest shareholder, had implied that they back the debt restructuring plan. An attorney representing the creditors had also said many favoured the proposed restructuring.

SOURCE: Bloomberg


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Thai Airways’ creditors to vote on rehab plan today

Maya Taylor



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Today is D-Day for Thai Airways, with 13,000 creditors voting on whether or not to accept the struggling airline’s rehabilitation plan. According to a Bangkok Post report, a source at the airline has warned that should creditors reject the plan, the carrier will be declared bankrupt and they would only receive 12.9% of what they’re owed.

In the event of a bankruptcy declaration, the airline’s assets will be appraised to decide how much of its debts can be repaid. The estimate of 12.9% is based on the value of assets currently held by the carrier.

The Bangkok Post reports that the rehabilitation plan which was submitted in March covers debts of around 410 billion baht. It’s understood major shareholders own around 180 billion baht of that debt between them. Should the rehab plan be accepted today, it’s likely Thai Airways will be given a certain timeframe in which to turn itself around.

The plan calls for the repayment period of debts arising from unsecured bonds worth 70 billion baht to be extended to 10 years, with a debt moratorium in the early stages of repayment. The airline is also introducing tough cost-cutting measures, including job reductions via early retirement for thousands of its 20,000 workers.

It’s understood the plan does not call for the Ministry of Finance to provide a loan but says anyone can obtain the loan and the ministry can help with cash injection negotiations. The State Enterprise Policy Office has already stated that the government will not re-capitalise the airline.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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