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Restaurants might be open but Chiang Mai diners are choosing to stay home

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Restaurants might be open but Chiang Mai diners are choosing to stay home

 

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Ban Muang reported that diners in Chiang Mai were not going out to eat despite restrictions being eased allowing them to sit down in open air restaurants.

 

They quoted the chief of the restaurant association in the northern Thai city as saying that it continued to be deathly quiet in his members' 200 restaurants.

 

Chawalit Choncharoen, who also owns the Saneh Chai Nam restaurant in Saraphi district, said that his members were operating at only 10-15% of capacity.

 

It was particularly bad for those who opened in the evening.

 

They had to space out the tables and were only serving 3-5 tables a day. 

 

There was one entry/exit point, there was hand washing and temperature checks, masks for all and staff had to wear gloves

 

Cash was replaced by using QR codes, families were restricted to four at a table and when people had gone his members had to do deep cleaning.

 

There was no alcohol allowed to be served and no air conditioning could be used.

 

All this was adding up to one thing  - hardly any patrons.

 

He said that people feared contracting Covid-19 and that people traveling some distance also feared not getting back home ahead of the 10 pm curfew start.

 

Staff had to go home at 9 pm to avoid breaking curfew. 

 

In addition people had little money to eat out due to the dire state of the economy.

 

The message was clear - despite the easing of the restrictions people were turning down the opportunity to eat out and rejecting the "New Normal", notes Thaivisa.

 

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-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-05-09
 
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Are massage shops in CM open again too, or are they still closed?

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Been using Grab to get our fixes from a couple of the restaurants that we used to frequent and enjoying with a choice of alcoholic beverage we have at home when we fancy it.

That may well continue even with reopening

 

Grab does not require QR codes, well not yet.

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4 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

Cash was replaced by using QR codes

If you don't have a QR code, then no food too.

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