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Crowded Bangkok shopping area threatened with closure

By The Nation

 

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Shops and stalls in a busy Bangkok soi have been threatened with closure unless they start complying with social distancing measures to halt the spread of Covid-19.

 

The warning came after Ratchathewi District officials checked businesses in the Pratunam area today (May 21) and found many were failing to implement measures to guard against the disease. The officials found that vendors and shops on Phetchaburi Soi 21, which hosts a morning market, were still flouting hygiene rules after being allowed to reopen on May 17 under the second phase of lockdown easing.

 

Ratchathewi District director Rujira Arin warned that operators must start complying with the social distancing directive or officials would order their shops and stalls to be closed down.

 

The district chief added that Phetchaburi Soi 21 was a connecting road with a variety of vendors, and tended to get crowded. There was a problem managing the number of people entering the area, so local shops and stalls would be asked to adopt the ThaiChana QR code platform to reduce crowding.

 

Vendors in the area have been given until tomorrow (May 22) to comply with the rules. Those who failed to do so would be closed, said Rujira.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388261

 

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Nice touch blurring the faces of those not wearing masks so they don't get in the <deleted>, kudos :clap2:

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1 hour ago, YetAnother said:

asking and expecting thais to self-discipline was never and will never work

It has nothing to do with Thais. It is even worse in Europe for example. The people don't care (anymore). There seems to be no Corona fear anymore.

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This is similar to the situation at the daily night market across the street from my apartment complex in Ladprao. It is situated with about 40 food stalls on a T-shaped intersection. There is one entrance checkpoint at one of the three main access points though the street is wide there so people just walk by without checking in with the one person there at a small table (who will do the stupid temp check and give you a squirt of sanitizer on your hand before sticking a little sticker on your shirt). While I was stopping to do all of that, about 25 people just walked right by ignoring it. Looking around the market, I estimate that about 10% of people there had the stickers on their shirts. The street can't be blocked off to capture all who enter because it also accommodates vehicle traffic (go figure). I'm a little worried this market will get shut down for the same reason. 

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Posted (edited)
3 hours ago, YetAnother said:

asking and expecting thais to self-discipline was never and will never work

Stupid remark, as they used facemasks to protect others while they where having a cold years ago.

Look at the reopening of bars in other countries where they don't have masks at all and sit 30 centimeters apart.

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2 hours ago, Oldie said:

It has nothing to do with Thais. It is even worse in Europe for example. The people don't care (anymore). There seems to be no Corona fear anymore.

Two wrongs don,t make a right

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Posted (edited)
3 hours ago, Salerno said:

Nice touch blurring the faces of those not wearing masks so they don't get in the <deleted>, kudos :clap2:

Stadtler doubts whether that photo is current, but if it is, most people in that photo are not wearing a face mask.

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