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Quote from: Taman Tun on May 11, 2020, 04:55:07 PM
Still no mention of provincial buses.  :(
hi t.t. where you go. Reg varney said 11 Apr 2020 Nakhon Ratchasima authorities agreed to stop the bus services.

Specifically, the suspended bus services are in category 2 — two routes plying Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima — and category 3 — 31 routes between Nakhon Ratchasima and other provinces, Mr Jirut said.

Bus services in categories 1 and 4, which operate within the province, can still run normally.  bangkokpost.com

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Taman Tun

I am waiting for Korat - Bangkok to be restored, hopefully by the end of the month.  In the meantime I am getting used to working at home, so I might not need the buses any more.
If the old only could, if the young only knew.


Lottery flutters back after lockdown
Lottery ticket vendors set up their stalls on Bangkok's Ratchadamnoen Avenue ahead of Saturday's draw. The Government Lottery Office (GLO) announced the draw for the April 1 lottery will take place on May 16, marking the return of the numbers game after six weeks of lockdown.

The June 1 lottery will be sold and drawn as normal.On April 15, the GLO had announced the April 1 lottery draw had been postponed again, to May 16, in a move to avoid transmission of Covid-19 via public gatherings.

GLO has advised vendors to wear face masks at all times and wash their hands regularly. Both vendors and buyers should maintain social distancing and avoid gathering in front of lottery stalls.

"Vendors should also plan their reservation of tickets carefully and keep in mind that not too many tickets may be sold during this crisis. The unsold tickets purchased through reservation cannot be returned to the GLO like tickets purchased normally," said the office.

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Quote from: Taman Tun on May 11, 2020, 06:57:22 PM
I am waiting for Korat - Bangkok to be restored, hopefully by the end of the month.  In the meantime I am getting used to working at home, so I might not need the buses any more.
There you go T.T. - if you can work from home, would be a better idea. :salute

Inter-provincial buses back on the road on May 18

The state-run Transport Co bus operator will resume cross-country services between Bangkok and the North and Northeast on May 18 (Monday), one month after they were suspended to curb the Covid-19 contagion. Services to the South will start on June 1.

Services will resume to the North on seven routes: Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Chiang Rai, Bangkok-Uttaradit, Bangkok-Sarachit, Bangkok-Mae Sot, Bangkok-Lom Kao, and Bangkok-Khlong Lan.

Nine routes to the Northeast and East will reopen: Bangkok-Nong Bua Lamphu, Bangkok-Sakon Nakhon, Bangkok-Chiangkhan, Bangkok-Surin, Bangkok-Buri Ram, Bangkok-Kantharalak, Bangkok-Si Sa Ket, Bangkok-Surin (Rattanaburi), and Bangkok-Chanthaburi.

Services to the South will resume on three bus routes starting June 1: Bangkok-Koh Samui, Bangkok-Phuket and Bangkok-Trang

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Taman Tun

Thanks Thaiga, but no mention of Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima?  Yes, I am getting used to working from home so not looking forward to restarting the weekly round trip to Bangkok. 
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

Johnnie F.

Many bus lines to the Northeast pass through that "Gate to the Northeast" called Nakhon Ratchasima. If Bus 21 does not run, you might be able to hop on one of those just passing through, TT.


anyone for hopscotch ;D

Makro boosts anti-virus measures ahead of Sunday relaxation

Makro has teamed up with the Health Department to ensure its stores are protected from Covid-19 as they prepare to reopen on Sunday (May 17).

The "new normal" for Makro shoppers will focus on increasing distance, cutting congestion, and reducing the risk of the contact, with a team on hand to guide customers.

Makro has launched five measures to keep shoppers safe:

1. Limit customers in each branch to one person per 5 square metres, and provide seats placed 1 metre apart in front of the branch for waiting customers.

2. Floor markings to distance shoppers in busy areas such as the fresh food and meat displays and checkouts.

3. Teams of 3-5 staff per branch to maintain the "new normal" of social distancing.

4. Increase open space within stores to enable social distancing.

5. Focus on cashless payment to reduce the risk from handling cash in all branches

Meanwhile, all Makro customers will have their body temperature checked on entry, and must wear face masks. More alcohol-sanitiser points will be set up, while exposed surfaces will be disinfected every 15 minutes, including service counters, telephones, ATMs, and customer wheelchairs.


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SRT expands train services after easing of lockdown

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will resume 42 services nationwide from May 18, including eight special express and 34 ordinary, commuter and local trains.

SRT governor Nirut Maneephan informed on Saturday (May 16) that the move was in line with the government's first phase of lockdown relaxation.

The special express service will be available from May 18 to June 17 as follows:

1 Train No 9051, Bangkok (5.30am) – Chiang Mai (6.30pm), from May 18 to June 16

2 No 9052, Chiang Mai (5.30am) – Bangkok (6.30pm), May 19 to June 17

3 No 9071, Bangkok (6am) – Ubon Ratchathani (2.55pm), May 18 to June 16

4 No 9072, Ubon Ratchathani (6am) – Bangkok (2.50pm), May 19 to June 17

5 No 9075, Bangkok (7am) – Nong Khai (4.40pm), May 18 to June 16

6 No 9076, Nong Khai (7am) – Bangkok (4.35pm), May 19 to June 17

7 No 9085, Bangkok (5am) – Hat Yai (6.45pm), May 18 to June 16

8 No 9086, Hat Yai (5am) – Bangkok (6.50pm), May 19 to June 17

Ordinary, commuter and local trains will be available from May 18, including four northern trains, 16 northeastern trains, eight southern trains, four eastern trains and two trains travelling between Mae Klong and Ban Laem stations.

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Ikea set to reopen all stores on May 17 

Ikea Thailand has said it would reopen all its stores -- in Bangna, Bang Yai and Phuket -- on May 17. The reopening is in accordance with the directions issued by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Ikea said in a statement on May 16.

Lacia Sherlock, retail manager for Ikea stores in Thailand and the Philippines, said, "As the Covid-19 situation in Thailand is steadily improving, we would like to especially thank the frontline medical teams who have been providing crucial assistance, as well as all Thais for their collective support.

"We are pleased to welcome customers back to our stores and committed to ensuring their safety and well-being together with protecting our co-workers. We are doing our part by making sure that all of the necessary preventive safety, health and hygiene measures are in place in our stores, ensuring that everyone is safe when working and shopping. Our co-workers and customers alike are required to wear masks at all times in stores. All of our restaurants are open for dine-in service, and we will continue with takeaway orders and our new food delivery services."

Sherlock said that during the store closures, "we introduced new services and ways to improve our customers' shopping experience. We have introduced remote planning and purchasing with safe social distancing for storage units, PAX wardrobes and Ikea kitchens, and even safe contactless click and collect, delivery, and assembly services".

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Quote from: thaiga on May 17, 2020, 02:28:20 AM
Ikea set to reopen all stores on May 17 

Ikea Thailand has said it would reopen all its stores -- in Bangna, Bang Yai and Phuket -- on May 17. The reopening is in accordance with the directions issued by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Ikea said in a statement on May 16.

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BMA on alert as shopping malls in Bangkok reopen

(NNT) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration or BMA has devised guidelines for the second phase easing of measures intended to prevent overcrowding in shopping malls.

Police General Aswin Kwanmuang, the Governor of Bangkok, has had a meeting with the Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee, to prepare for the second phase relaxation of social constraints. The governor said the meeting worried most about shopping malls, because shopping malls have been closed for two months, so people may be rushing in. There are around 200 malls in Bangkok. He asked Bangkok shoppers not to go in if malls are overcrowded, and suggested they go later. Officers have been appointed to maintain safety in every mall. If a violation is found, especially the drinking of alcohol in a restaurant, the place will be ordered to close.

As for social distancing, every shopping mall is required to allow 5 square meters for each customer it has, and provide hand sanitizers throughout the mall . Other customers will have to wait if the mall has already reached its max capacity.

Everyone going into a mall must wear a mask.

Initially, BMA believes that all parties will offer good cooperation to prevent the possibility of a new outbreak.

In addition, BMA has also emphasized hygiene when dining in. Tables must be 1 to 1.5 meters apart with a screen installed on the tables. However, restaurants that are able to leave more than 1.5 meters between tables, don't need to provide a table screen. Alcoholic drinks are allowed to be sold for takeaway only, not for dining in at the restaurant. Violations will result in immediate closure of the venue.

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People line up to enter shopping malls

(NNT) - At large general stores like Central World, hundreds of people lined up today to enter the malls well before the doors even opened. Central Group put in place strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among clients.

Before entering a shopping mall, customers must register and check-in via www.thaichana.com, pass a screening checkpoint, and have their shoes disinfected.

When in the shopping mall, if they want to enter any of the shops, they have to check-in via the website once again to see if the shop has already reached capacity. Most of the shops in Central World are accepting a maximum of 25 customers at a time.

Mr. Nattakit Tangpoonsinthana, Executive Vice President - Marketing department: Central Pattana Public Co., Ltd. disclosed today that the shopping malls have been preparing their COVID-19 prevention measures to ensure customer safety, and had adopted many innovations such as a 'touchless' sensor elevator that was installed at Central Festival Eastville; escalators that are equipped with a UVC lamp to disinfect the stairs at all times; UV-C cupboard to disinfect shopping bags; disinfecting robots using UV-C light, and Ultraviolet light radiators to sanitize changing rooms.

Central Group has also ensured that the malls' air conditioning system is cleansed regularly even when the malls are closed. Customers can be sure that the air inside is clean.

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Government will consider 'all options' as malls overcrowd on the first day of reopening
Thailand's government and emergency response centre will closely monitor the situation as pictures of overcrowded malls were widely shared on social media during the first day of the government's easing of lockdown measures. However, reports of overcrowded malls and jam-packed shopping centres were widely shared on social media raising worry that the second wave of coronavirus infections could be around the corner. full article thaienquirer.com
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you can't have social distancing with drunks stagering all over the place repeating what they say, what they say, what they say.  :drink

Bars allowed to open sooner if case count stays low

Pubs, bars and entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen in the coming weeks if the daily count of new virus cases stays in single digits, the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced on Tuesday (May 19).

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said the number of shoppers surged on Sunday as low-risk and moderate-risk businesses (listed "white" and "green", respectively) reopened as second-phase restrictions were eased and the ThaiChana contact-tracing platform was deployed. He added that social distancing improved on Monday.

Dr Taweesin said "red" businesses (medium to high risk) would be allowed to reopen in the fourth phase of relaxation, depending on the daily case count.

He reported that the Covid-19 situation is improving, with new daily cases dropping to single digits for the past 22 days. The CCSA will assess the situation every 14 days. If the single-digit trend continues, reopening of "red" businesses is likely to come faster, he added.

Taweesin emphasised that everyone should keep their guard high to maintain the low infection rate, which would help everyday life return and boost customers' confidence in "red" businesses.

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What's behind the Thai fascination for malls

Thai people's obsession with visiting malls is a reflection of the problem caused by the indiscriminate development of cities where shopping centres have become the central areas of attraction, many experts contend.

After the government allowed shopping malls and department stores to reopen under the second phase of relaxation of the lockdown on May 17, it was not unexpected to find a long queue of visitors outside malls, having been denied their favourite outing for six weeks.

Cool mall

The most common reason for Thais visiting malls is to enjoy the cool interiors, where they can eat, shop, socialise and stroll around.

Assistant Prof Jittisak Thammapornpilas from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University explains that the Thai love for visiting malls comes from its history of being an agricultural society that mainly relied on labour. At the end of each day's work, there were no special ways to rest or for entertainment in olden days. They only drank, gambled and went to bed.

But industrialisation forced the rural Thai society to become more urban. Thai people saw how foreign countries had become prosperous and developed.

The city later developed into a commercial district which later became known for its speciality. For example, if you wanted to buy a school uniform, then you had to go to the Bang Lamphu trading area, if you wanted to buy clothes, you had to go to Phahurat market.

The rise of department stores became the answer to the convenience of bringing together different districts under one roof.

"The mall exemplifies the principle of one stop service, bringing the items together to answer the needs of Thai people who have limited time in their lives because they have to focus on making a living. They have a little time to rest only on weekends. If you don't go to the mall, where do you go?" Jittisak asked.

Despite proposals from some groups that more public areas should be provided in cities for libraries, museums, parks, as well as recreation areas, Jittisak was sceptical. It cannot be denied that many Thais do not have the habit of appreciating the pursuit of knowledge or learning history; they prefer to eat, or be entertained or have recreation in simple forms like shopping, watching movies, eating food, or just walking in the mall, he said.

Failure of the city plan

The development of the mall in modern times has had a huge impact on the city, especially the traffic. The emergence of new stores is always followed by the problem of traffic congestion.

"It must be admitted that the city plan of Bangkok is chaotic. In many foreign countries, the private sector has to pay the public or the city administration if they want to build a mall or a large project because of the impact on travel or energy. One big mall uses electricity equal to a small district in an upcountry province," Jittisak pointed out.

He emphasised that the blame could not be pinned entirely on malls but the way of life of Thai people, which has changed along with the development of the city and the social and economic conditions.

Some groups are now calling for the creation of green space. The new generation of Thai people in Bangkok or in big cities are yearning for public spaces that focus on creating a good environment closer to nature. Jittisak said that in the future, such areas will be created and used seriously.

"During the reigns of King Rama VI and Rama VII, we had houses with a front or backyard to plant trees to run around. No one needed to ask for green space. At that time, Thai people had no knowledge of town planning. People tried to learn about city planning later, but the city grew faster," Jittisak said.

Mall vs public park

The rapid growth of the city has left Bangkok with almost no space to create a public park as land is too expensive to nurture green or public areas.

A new generation of health-conscious people wants to use the park for regular exercise. This could be a turning point in the creation of green areas but they must have clear management and clearly divide the roles and responsibilities.

"The mall is an index that measures the well-being of the country and the confidence of foreign investors as well. What we should do is both parties, the state and the people, have to know and grow together. The state must try to be careful to not benefit only some people, but also ensure the public interest is taken care of by creating green spaces," Jittisak said.

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Crowded Bangkok shopping area threatened with closure

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.

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Museums, historical sites to reopen from Friday

Museums, historical parks, archaeological sites and national archives will reopen from Friday (May 22) in line with the government's second phase of easing lockdown measures, the Fine Arts Department said.

The sites that will reopen include the Prem Tinsulanonda Archives and the Banharn-Jamsai Tower in Suphanburi, which was built in honour of late former PM Banharn Silpa-archa and his wife Jamsai, said Prateep Pengtago, the Fine Arts Department's director general.

Prateep said every venue will register with the "Thai Chana" platform to get a QR code, which visitors can use to leave their phone number as part of a contact-tracing exercise. The platform also allows venues to keep track of the number of visitors as well as collect ratings.

He also said that all preventive measures will be employed at every venue, such as checking visitors' temperature, providing hand-sanitising gel and ensuring social distancing. In addition, groups larger than 10 will have to contact officials in advance.

"Related officials must inform the department every week about the Covid-19 situation in provinces where museums or historical sites are located. This information will be used to see if the venues should remain open or not," he said.

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Travel, curfew restrictions next to be lifted

Restarting interprovincial travel and reducing curfew hours will be the focus of the government meeting today (May 27) on the third phase of easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The third-phase relaxation is due to begin on Monday (June 1).

Restrictions on travel in the country would be lifted at the meeting, confirmed Gen Somsak Rungsita, National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general. Permission to ease the restrictions would come from central government, though provincial authorities could maintain tighter controls on movement at their borders if necessary, he added.

The possibility of reopening amusement parks, water parks and allowing some sports activities would also be discussed with public health agencies, said Somsak. However, venues and sports deemed to be at-risk of Covid-19 transmission would be restarted under the fourth phase of lockdown relaxation.

The meeting's decisions will be put to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday (May 29). Guidelines for businesses and activities that can reopen will be announced on Saturday (May 30).

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Hotels in northeastern province to reopen on June 1

The Nakhon Ratchasima province's communicable disease committee is allowing hotels to reopen on June 1, deputy governor Apinan Puekpong said on Wednesday (May 27).

However, he said, all staff members and guests will have to strictly comply with related hygiene regulations to contain the spread of Covid-19, such as disinfecting frequently touched areas every hour and public areas in hotels every two hours.

The hotels will also have to send records of all guests to the public health office every week.

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Malls set to open for longer

Shorter curfew also tipped next month

A committee evaluating the easing of lockdown measures has proposed extending the opening hours of shopping malls and shortening the curfew period next month, according to a source at Wednesday's National Security Council (NSC) meeting.

The next stage of the loosening of the coronavirus lockdown could happen if the kingdom continues to record low numbers of new cases.

These are among proposals agreed at the meeting and will be forwarded to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for a decision on Friday.

However, businesses and venues which are at high risk of Covid-19 transmissions, such as boxing stadiums and pubs, will remain closed and will be the last group to be allowed to reopen, the source said.

NSC secretary-general Somsak Roongsita chaired the meeting on Wednesday, attended by representatives of security, public health and economy-related agencies.

After five hours, the committee agreed the current curfew period of 11pm-4am would be shortened by one hour -- from 11pm-3am -- to help market traders who usually trade in the early hours, the source said.

The relaxation will also cover hair salons, beauty and massage parlours, the source said, adding that more than 50,000 massage parlours and about 200,000 massage therapists have been affected by the lockdown.

Other businesses and venues that will also be allowed to reopen include cinemas, gyms, zoos, convention and meeting venues, while opening hours of shopping malls will be extended from the current 8pm to 9pm, the source added.

However, these venues and businesses are required to put in place rigorous health safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the source said.

After heated debate, the committee decided that venues and businesses that are in the high-risk category will remain closed and reopen in the final stage of lockdown easing.

They include boxing stadiums, pubs, water park and amusement parks, the source said.

The source added the committee refrained from reopening boxing stadiums because public health officials expressed concern that even if boxing events are permitted without spectators allowed in, and broadcast live, boxing fans will still gather around televisions, which would put them at risk.

The next stage of relaxation means businesses allowed to reopen will be permitted to do more activities, not reopen other ones, the source said.

The source added the committee could not reach a conclusion on the reopening of schools, and it will raise the matter for discussion at Thursday's meeting.

The source also said the committee did not have any problem with the resumption of inter-provincial travel, though it instructed state agencies to come up with details about disease control measures for border provinces if the restrictions on travel are lifted.

The ban on entry into the country via all channels will remain in effect, the source added.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the CCSA will meet to consider the proposal on Friday.

He added that even though new cases are falling, several carriers are asymptomatic, and the public must still follow health and social distancing guidelines.

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Ballrooms allowed to open :-X

Third phase of easing of lockdown starts on June 1

The government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday (May 29) decided to implement the third phase of relaxation of lockdown measures , CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin said.

The spokesman revealed the main practices that people will need to follow

▪︎ Shop operators will need to have temperature screening for both employees and customers while also reporting to health officials when any suspected case of infection is found.

▪︎ People need to log-in via ThaiChana platform before doing any activities.

The CCSA also discussed allowing high school students to study in schools with secured practices such as dividing students into small groups and attending school on alternate the days. But concerns were expressed about young students since they tend to touch each other in playtime.

National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general General Somsak Rungsita, on Friday revealed further relaxation in the third phase in activities and shops effective from June 1.

1. Department stores allowed to remain open until 9pm

2. Exhibition halls with total area less than 20,000 square metres square can open until 9pm.

3. Amulet shops can open but with social distancing.

4. Barber shops are allowed to dye and curl hair, two-hour service for each customer and refrain from having other customers waiting inside the shop.

5. Nurseries can open for employees to make food to distribute to children under care.

6. Beauty salons, beauty institutes, and tattoo shops can operate on any part of the skin but must follow good health practices such as wearing a mask and keeping clean.

7. Massage houses are allowed to open but they must refrain from opening sauna and steam rooms while prohibiting the touching or massaging of customers' faces.

8. Fitness centres can fully open but they must limit the number of customers in the area and refrain from opening sauna and steam rooms.

9. Team sport is now available for exercise and practice; no viewers are allowed in such areas and the number of players must not exceed 10.

10. Bowling houses, skating parks, and rollerblade parks are only allowed for exercise and practice.

11. Ballrooms allowed to open.

12. Pools and areas for water sport are allowed with operators limiting the number of customers.

13. Theatre and playhouses are allowed to open with only 200 people or less participating, but concert and music performances are still not allowed.

14. Zoos can open with limited customers in the area.

Somsak added that every shop and activities have to follow good health practices such as wearing masks, hand cleaning, social distancing, and temperature screening since all the new activities now available are considered as a medium to high risk.


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People head for movies, massage

People wearing protective face masks are seen inside a movie theatre during its reopening after the government eased isolation measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease in Bangkok on Monday. (Reuters photo)

People took in a movie and enjoyed foot massages in a welcome return on Monday to some pampering and popular pastimes as coronavirus restrictions further eased and new infection numbers remained low.

Shopping malls stayed open later, a curfew was shortened and more businesses reopened, among them fitness clubs, spas, traditional massage centres and cinemas.

The country has so far recorded 3,082 confirmed cases and 57 deaths, with no local transmissions in the past seven days and many cases in recent weeks found in quarantine among Thais returning from abroad.

Masseuses wearing plastic face shields and masks rubbed the toes of contented customers, who relaxed in reclining chairs with large spaces in between. Plastic floor mattresses were disinfected regularly, ready for the next customer. "I've been waiting to get a massage for a long time, so I decided to come on the first day it reopened," said Nattida Kittipongpattana, who drove one hour to get her feet rubbed.

Masseuse Suratsawadee Pokapanich said all measures were being taken to keep clients healthy.

"We avoid any massage that gets close to the neck and facial area," she added.

Therapists wearing face shields does traditional Thai massage to a customer in a Health Land branch massage house which reopened after the government eased isolation measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease in Bangkok on Monday. (Reuters photo)

Cinemas reopened with strict social distancing and limits of 200 people in each theatre, and empty seats on either side of each customer and an empty row in front.

Staff with gloves and face shields performed temperature checks on everyone entering the theatre. After each screening, staff in full-body protective suits sprayed disinfectant along each row of seats.

Narute Jiensnong, chief marketing officer Major Cineplex, said social distancing requirements meant VIP treatment for customers.

"These measures will make people confident to come back to cinemas and we also have partitions to make it more exclusive," he said.

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Megabangna sees 80% of shoppers return and spend

With about 80% of shoppers at Megabangna resuming their shopping after one week of the reopening, operator SF Development is set to continue all of its expansion plans except hotels, which will require a revision to fit the changed environment.

Paphitchaya Suwandee, managing director of SF Development, the operator of the Megabangna shopping complex, said that while not all shoppers have returned to the complex, average spending per receipt is back to normal at 3,000 baht per visit.

Some product categories have seen spending above 3,000 baht per bill per visit, she said. Popular categories include furniture and electrical appliances.

The company has seen more than 97% of tenants restart operations, and all are anticipated to return by the end of the year.

A majority of shoppers have returned to shop because most Megabangna customers are Thais. Shoppers are therefore less concerned about risking their health compared with shopping centres that focus on foreign tourists.

After the outbreak, however, the number of shoppers on weekdays is 10% lower than on weekends. Before the outbreak, visitor numbers on weekends were about 40% higher than those on weekdays.

Average customer traffic before the pandemic was 130,000-150,000 visitors per day. Shoppers in the Bang Na area have good purchasing power, and their shopping was held back for almost two months.

"Whether spending power recovers fully depends primarily on a vaccine being developed and when all businesses such as cinemas, fitness centres, playgrounds, bowling alleys and tutorial centres are allowed to reopen," Ms Paphitchaya said. Despite the outbreak and changing economic conditions, the company plans to continue developing Mega City on a 400-rai plot to become an allinclusive development home to residential properties, office towers, hotels, schools and parks.

During the pandemic, the company completed an architectural renovation of Megabangna. An improved Food Walk under the concept of a Scandinavian playground is under way.

The new area features a large playground for children with a stream valley and sand dune in a lush, natural and green atmosphere for families to enjoy and spend time together.

Progress on the new concept is at 50%. Completion is scheduled for September.

All projects combined require an investment of 800 million baht, Ms Paphitchaya said.

Construction of an eight-storey parking garage worth 1 billion baht is ongoing, with completion expected by early 2021, boosting total Megabangna parking capacity to over 12,000 cars.

For the hotel business, Ms Paphitchaya said the company is revising its business plan in terms of hotel design with facilities to accommodate the changed environment and target customers.

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Lines in the sand: beaches reopen with social distancing

People returned to some of Thailand's famed sandy beaches Monday, keeping well apart but enjoying the outdoors, as authorities eased some coronavirus restrictions for the first time in more than two months.

In Pattaya, visitors marvelled at the clarity of the turquoise-blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand, as pensioners eager for exercise promenaded along the beach.

Social distancing rules still applied, with local authorities ordering beachgoers to stay at least a metre apart.

German expatriate Heidi Glemeau, one of the first people who took an early morning dip in the water, said she stopped at the sight of the empty, open beach on her way to the bank.

"I couldn't resist the temptation," she told AFP. "It's become a paradise just like it was 30 years ago."

Not all beaches were closed during the lockdown, and not all re-opened Monday.

Phuket, in the south, is still off-limits, while sleepy Hua Hin remained open throughout.

The country has been under various lockdown restrictions since mid-March, when authorities declared a state of emergency against the coronavirus -- shuttering malls, leisure centres and public spaces, including its famed beaches.

Despite recording the first case of the virus outside epicentre China as early as January, official records show the kingdom escaped the worst of the disease relatively lightly, recording just over 3,000 infections and 57 deaths.

Some experts say, however, a lack of testing may mask the true toll.

Regardless, the exodus of foreigners and a ban on new arrivals hit the economy hard -- particularly as the country is so reliant on tourist dollars in resorts such as Pattaya.

Tourism revenues dropped by 40 in the first three months of the year, and the government has warned the virus' impact on the second quarter will be more severe.

A major tourist destination with an infamous nightlife and red-light district, Pattaya has turned into a virtual ghost town.

Bars and clubs remain shuttered, however, and it is not clear when normal activity will resume.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Govt mulling which 'red' businesses can reopen in phase 4 easing

Authorities are now considering which high-risk businesses will be allowed to reopen under the next phase of lockdown easing, the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) revealed today (June 4).

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said that the virus might be with us for months or even years, so the government had to carefully consider which "red" (high contagion risk) businesses could reopen. The CCSA has asked operators of "red" businesses to report their Covid-19 preventive measures and plans, so the agency could make decisions on whether they could open.

Businesses and activities currently in the running to restart in the fourth phase of lockdown easing are:

1. Educational institutes – for classes, training, and exams.

2. Nurseries and centres for the elderly.

3. Educational science attractions.

4. Meeting rooms holding more than 200 attendees.

5. TV and film productions with crews of more than 100 people.

6. National parks (restricted to certain areas).

7. Beaches (restricted to certain areas).

8. Amusement parks, playgrounds, and game centres.

9. Gyms, fitness centres, and sports stadiums.

10. Convention halls larger than 20,000 square metres, for concerts, expos, and events.

11. Entertainment venues, pubs, bars and karaoke outlets.

12. Large massage parlours.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Taman Tun

I hear that my favourite pool hall in Bangkok (Hustlers) is about to open with new uniforms for the staff.
If the old only could, if the young only knew.


Quote from: Taman Tun on June 04, 2020, 09:48:51 PM
I hear that my favourite pool hall in Bangkok (Hustlers) is about to open with new uniforms for the staff.
they seem to be getting into some bad habits lately  ;)
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Robot dog hounds Thai shoppers
A scurrying robot dog named K9 dispenses hand sanitizer to curious children and wary shoppers — one of the more unexpected measures Thai malls are taking as the kingdom relaxes virus restrictions. The hi-tech hound is controlled using 5G, a technology promising super-fast internet speeds with immediate reaction times that is still in the initial stages of roll out in Thailand.  bangkokpost.com

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Las Vegas Plans To Reopen  ibtimes.com

Las Vegas is set to reopen following the coronavirus lockdown, but guests should expect some changes and restrictions as part of the safety measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak set June 4 as tentative reopening date for casinos statewide, after two weeks of continued decrease in both new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Sisolak plans to hold a press conference Tuesday about the next phases of reopening, should the positive trends continue throughout the Memorial Day weekend, Global News reported.

Part of Las Vegas' reopening plan includes availability of free parking in all the hotels across the city. In the casinos, bartenders as well as blackjack dealers will be wearing masks, and hand sanitizer dispensers will be everywhere. Poker rooms, however, will be closed. Slot machines will also be shut down to discourage players from sitting near each other.

Virginia Valentine, president and CEO of the Nevada Resort Association, said in an emailed statement to Las Vegas Review-Journal that Sisolak's announcement was "fantastic news" and their members have spent more than two months in preparation for Vegas' reopening.

"They've put in place enhanced health and safety plans and protocols ... Our members are excited to show off the enhancements they've made that preserve the experience while ensuring the well-being of our employees and visitors," Valentine said.

Casinos are required to submit their plans for reopening, which will require approval at least seven days before they start working. Other businesses such as nightclubs, day clubs, buffets, and large venues will remain closed — including the Cirque du Soleil.

According to Fox News, Sean McBurney, general manager at Caesars Palace, said guests should expect to see a lot of social distancing. "If there's crowding, it's every employee's responsibility to ensure there's social distancing," he said.

Guests will also see signs everywhere that remind them to wash their hands, maintain physical distancing, and limit gatherings to four people when possible.

The most striking difference will be a limit on games and participants: four players only at roulette (originally up to seven), and six at craps (originally up to 16 players). Plastic partitions will be installed to separate dealers from players and the players from each other.

In addition, dice will be disinfected between shooters, chips cleaned periodically, and card decks changed frequently. At some resorts, guests will be encouraged to use mobile phones for touchless check-ins, as room keys, and to read restaurant menus.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


i had to laugh at this one - having the popcorn in the movies - i suppose it depends on what movie your watching  :evilgrin and don't forget to clean yourself up.

Popcorn is OK in movie theaters, drinks too - but wear a mask and clear up after yourself, says health dept
the mgronline.com is reporting going to a movie then Thailand's health authorities said popcorn and drinks are fine so long as people clear the mess up after. still have to wear a mask when watching a movie. it had been reported earlier in the thai media that popcorn and drinks should be banned for movie goers
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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