Bangkok shopping centres, markets closed for three weeks

Bangkok shopping centres and markets were effectively shut down yesterday as the city moved to slow the spread of coronavirus.

According to a Thaiger report, the closures are in response to a Bangkok government edict to shutter all department stores and markets in the capital for three weeks in a move to slow down the spread of the current coronavirus outbreak.

“All food stores and restaurants will be allowed to serve only take-home orders while hotel restaurants can serve only hotel guests,” read the official announcement. “The measure will take effect between March 22–April 12.”

The announcement that Bangkok shopping centres must close was released as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Thai capital continued to rise. Nationwide there were 599 reported infections as at Monday morning, local time.

Despite the retail closures, people in the city still have freedom of movement although social distancing is still recommended by the administration.

Similar measures have been introduced in other international locations – including hard-hit Italy, which remains under national quarantine, Spain and New York City.


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