Six Groups of Businesses and Some Public Activities Are Allowed to Reopen

May 1, 2020


The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration has allowed six groups of businesses and some public activities to restart from 3 May onwards, after having faced closure temporarily to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

These businesses and public activities are considered at low risk, so they are permitted to restart in the first stage of the Governments relaxation of disease-control restrictions. However, they must observe physical distancing guidelines and strict hygiene standards, such as wearing masks and washing hands frequently.

These businesses and public activities include 1) fresh, flea, floating, and community markets, as well as walking streets and vendors\' stalls, 2) food, beverage, dessert, and ice cream shops outside shopping malls, as well as food stalls, food trucks, and hawkers, 3) retail and wholesale businesses (supermarkets, convenience stores, community shops, and IT or telecom product shops, or grocery trucks), 4) recreational and sports activities, such as walking, 
tai chiand non-team and non-competitive sports, namely tennis, shooting, archery, cycling, and golfing at courses and driving ranges), 5) barbers and hair salons (only for hair washing, cutting and drying), 6) pet grooming shops and pet care centers. 

Clothes shops will also be allowed to reopen under the same physical distancing guidelines and strict hygiene standards. 

These groups of businesses will be monitored for 14 days after reopening. If the rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases does not increase significantly, the Government may allow other groups of businesses to reopen in the second and third stages. As for the activities and places at high risk, in the fourth stage, such as concerts, boxing stadiums, and football fields, they are not allowed for the time being. 

Meanwhile, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration on 30 April 2020 reported seven new COVID-19 cases in Thailand, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,954. Out of the number of confirmed cases, 2,687 have been cured; 213 are still hospitalized; and 54 have died. 


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