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

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18 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

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.

OMG, such inconvenience cleaning tables between customers and after closing, such strict hygiene measures, whatever will the authorities impose next I wonder, hot water to wash the dishes?

Heaven forbid !!!! 

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17 hours ago, JeffersLos said:

Are massage shops in CM open again too, or are they still closed?

As in Pattaya, it's easy to find a massage parlour whose metal curtain is half closed. If you are handsome man it's open for you.

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7 hours ago, EricTh said:

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

No bank charge.  Get a QR code and eat free anywhere forever.

 

 

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Who wants to eat out with all those restrictions, and no BEER.

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"Cash was replaced by using QR codes"

 

The CCP Virus as an excuse for a cashless society. Who could have seen this coming?! (sarcasm)

 

I am patronizing restaurants with more welcoming offerings. 

 

 

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Posted (edited)

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

 

When I see waitresses wearing masks it feels like in a hospital canteen. Major turn off.

 

That atmosphere is deeply disturbed, because you know the staff are afraid of you. 

 

Having said that I went to a restaurant in CM and there was no temperature check hand washing, staff did wear masks though.

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Just now, spidermike007 said:

Tourism in Thailand will never recover to even close to it's former levels, and that leaves millions out of work.

I suspect international tourism, international travel and restaurants worldwide are essentially finished for good.

Along with any other business that caters to large gatherings of people, sporting events, concerts, cinema all gone.

 

If I worked in any of those areas, I'd be looking elsewhere for employment.

The fear the governments have imposed on their populations will never go away.

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15 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

Will take some time to see how this all shakes out, but it is my opinion that the economic fallout from the inane economic shutdown, is going to be 200 times worse than Covid itself, and the recovery "ramp up" will be long and excruciating. Far longer than they say. It will not just bounce back. In the history of the world, as far as we know, there has never been a deliberate worldwide economic shutdown. It is light years beyond dumb. The "slowdown" will last well into 2021, for certain. And some industries may never come back, or will be a pale shadow of their former selves. No doubt homelessness will skyrocket in the US. Tourism in Thailand will never recover to even close to it's former levels, and that leaves millions out of work. The deliberate economic shutdown was an exercise in insanity. Prolonging it, at this point, is an extension of that insanity. Easy for the fools making the laws, as they are collecting full salaries, and benefits, while the masses suffer.

 

What will the start up of the economy look like? How many hundreds of thousands of restaurants will go under here? What about concerts? Will people be willing to hang out with crowds of 20,000, at a cost of hundreds of dollars for a crappy seat? Same with sports. Movie theaters? Cruise ships? Will the hordes just start descending on restaurants again, and pay high prices for a gourmet meal? The list goes on, and on and on. And in the end, hundreds millions worldwide could end up far poorer than they were before. And tens of millions could end up starving to death, compared to perhaps 250,000 or so total deaths worldwide from Covid. OK. The rich stay safe and financially secure. And the rest of us? And those of us who are self employed, without fortunes in the bank? 

 

Tourism is not returning to Thailand anytime soon. How will that effect many restaurants? If you think about it, the group that comprised perhaps 60% of all arrivals (lower to middle income Chinese and Indians) are the ones who have been hardest hit by this idiotic worldwide economic shutdown. Tourism in Thailand will never recover to even close to it's former levels, and that leaves millions out of work. Most countries will still be required to have Covid letters, as the virus is still raging in many countries. And some countries will not issue that letter (impossible to get in the US). Plus, will the mandatory health insurance still be required? Will it be even stricter than before? And just what are people returning to? How about nightlife?

 

You're spot on about the economic policies generally, couldn't agree more.

 

The one thing about tourism though is that people love to travel. They go to even  dangerous places, for the thrill of it. After the tsunami many also thought tourism will never recover. After a relatively short period tourism did come back stronger than before.

 

Now admittedly this is a very different animal to a tsunami, a pandemic could mean more people have a greater fear of going to places like Thailand, but I would not be surprised if tourism made some kind of comeback. Eventually.

 

The big losers will be sports events, music events and cinemas in my view.

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20 hours ago, Jcord1 said:

People go to restaurants with family and friends for a "dining experience".

"USED" to go to restaurants with family and friends...

now the New NEW !

People will entertain at home, either coking or ordering take-away, along with a beer.

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Dined at a restaurant on Wednesday night - only 2 other diners but a constant stream of customers collecting takeaways. Perhaps they're rich enough to have (re)discovered the delights of drinking wine with a meal.

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Went out to Niman today for lunch.  WenT to The Salad Concept and saw the following:  1) About 50% of normal capacity for dining in 2) The other parts were either closed for diners or used as waiting area for FoodPanda and Grab drivers 3).  About 6 people were dining along with myself.  The tables were well spaced out and hand sanitizers were available at every other table. 4) The only real problem was the number of employees was inadequate.  The poor girls were running around like rabbits to take orders, serve food and give orders to food delivery drivers.  I only saw two girls out on the floor.  One of them I have known for years and she seemed exhausted at all the running around,  I left a generous tip and if others decide to venture out to eat please consider leaving a generous tip.  It might the case not all the employees who were let go before the shutdown will come back.  The quality of the food was the same:  Very good.  I will venture out again to eat.  Very little foot traffic on Niman.  Almost seemed like a  

ghost town.  Like others have said the “Road to Recovery will be a long, winding and a difficult one”. 

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13 hours ago, spidermike007 said:

Tourism in Thailand will never recover to even close to it's former levels, and that leaves millions out of work. Most countries will still be required to have Covid letters, as the virus is still raging in many countries. And some countries will not issue that letter (impossible to get in the US). Plus, will the mandatory health insurance still be required? Will it be even stricter than before? And just what are people returning to? How about nightlife?

A successful vaccine would put paid to most/all of that. People overlook this.

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I went out for Sunday Lunch yesterday. I was not happy, no aircon in the heat of mid day and no ice cold beer that is a must to me with my lunch.

Restaurant tried but their hands are tied.

 

john

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