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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 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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