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All Bangkok shops must close at night

All shops in Bangkok, including roadside food shops, must close from midnight to 5am. (Bangkok Post photo)

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has ordered all shops and street venders to close for at least five hours from midnight, as it steps up restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

"All shops must be closed from midnight. That includes roadside shops. They can reopen at 5am," Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said on Wednesday.

The restriction is the latest move in City Hall's campaign to keep people off the streets and halt the spread of Covid-19 disease.

City officials will work with the Metropolitan Police Bureau in patrolling the capital at night to ensure compliance.

A City Hall spokesman said all public and private parks, including those at condominiums and in communities will also be closed, from Thursday to April 30, to prevent large gatherings.

The country had 1,771 confirmed case of the virus as of Wednesday, with Bangkok having the most, at 850.

Vocabulary:

campaign : a planned group of especially political, business or military activities which are intended to achieve a particular aim - การรณรงค์

condominium (noun): an apartment building or group of houses in which each flat/apartment/house is owned by the person living in it but the shared areas are owned by everyone together - คอนโดมิเนียม

gathering : a party or a meeting when many people come together as a group - การรวมตัว, การประชุม

patrol : to move regularly around a place in order to prevent trouble or crime or to watch for an enemy - ลาดตระเวน

restriction : a rule, action or situation that limits or controls someone or something - การจำกัด, การควบคุม

spread : gradually affecting or covering a larger area - การแพร่กระจาย

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