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

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Yes I agree. Lots of good tucker in CM but why would I bother if I can’t get a bottle of plonk to go with it.

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27 minutes ago, Mayhem11 said:

Yes I agree. Lots of good tucker in CM but why would I bother if I can’t get a bottle of plonk to go with it.

Agreed, I'm in Pattaya, but it's the same here, eating out is a social thing and involves alcohol for many of us.  No alcohol, people eat at home.

 

I'm not talking about; "hungry, must eat", but about sitting down and enjoying a leisurely meal.

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Tis the death knell of restaurants.  And a man-made tragedy at that.

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7 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

The re-opening of the economy is going to take a long time. This is the first time in history, that the economies of the world have deliberately shut down. It was an experiment in insanity.

 

And the consequences of this will be untold. Millions could remain out of work. Hundreds of millions could go hungry, or starve around the world. It is the little guy who is hurt the most. The governments? Here, they are all collecting full salaries and benefits, while debating whether or not to "help the masses" with $160 a month, then denying them when they apply. That is beyond cynical. 

Amen, brother. 

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Don't think no alcohol is the main reason.

 

I don't think alcohol is banned in China, but I hear the same story from suppliers in China. The restaurants opened again almost a month ago, but they are empty. People still have to wear a mask, and travel between home and work, and that's it

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How does one pay with QR code? Is there a bank charge for each transaction with QR code?

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1 hour ago, EricTh said:

How does one pay with QR code? Is there a bank charge for each transaction with QR code?

QR codes are so 90s.  

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How can anyone go out for dinner when you have to feed all family with Bt 5,000 for a month?

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1 hour ago, Retarded said:

How can anyone go out for dinner when you have to feed all family with Bt 5,000 for a month?

30 baht noodle / rice food stalls.  Seating provided.  

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12 hours ago, ukrules said:

There's the reason, hottest time of the year, no AC and no alcohol.

 

It's over!

Wow, never thought having to go without alcohol for 30-45 minutes was such a life altering experience. But then again it is Thai retirees, ok, it's sort of making sense now.

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36 minutes ago, Ron jeremy said:

Wow, never thought having to go without alcohol for 30-45 minutes was such a life altering experience. But then again it is Thai retirees, ok, it's sort of making sense now.

It is not about alcohol drinking. No normal country bans alcohol beverages to stop a virus. Fact is half empty restaurants not serving their most profitable markup items can't make money and might as well not open. That puts people who need to work on the street, no income. 

 

USA. There are 150,000 Hotel rooms in Las Vegas. All Hotel/Casino resorts are closed. I understanding shutting the Casinos  but Instead of shutting down everything there are older people who are retired anyway and can care for themselves in their own home. Older people without resources or help, people with underlying conditions should be put in designated hotels and resorts, given room service at government expense. This is being done in Japan and Korea.

 

Social Distancing had been studied for decades. It needs to be targeted at vulnerable groups. Shutting down entire economies is unprecedented and a failure. Hope we learn from this.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3372334/

 

 

 

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If the to Okahjhu restaurants are slow then it is a truly bad sign, always packed with Thai people.

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18 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

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.

Gets used to it, this is the new normal.

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