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Wet massage parlours, concert halls, pubs to reopen

Signs encourage people to wear face masks and use mobile phones to check in and out of business premises, in Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok.(Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

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The government is considering measures that would allow the resumption of 12 types of businesses and activities - including pubs and concerts, parlours offering soapy massage, and sports competitions.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Thursday that the CCSA had invited operators and organisers to discuss measures needed to control the spread of coronavirus disease. 

"The government will be hearing from the operators what they would do to prevent disease transmission and we will see how we can cooperate," Dr Taweesilp said.

Some of the 12 business/activity types were already allowed to resume partial services. Officials would discuss measures for the resumption of more services at these premises, he said.

He made reference to sports fields, where practice is now allowed. He said they were discussing disease control measures for sports competitions with hundreds of spectators

The coming relaxation of restrictions would also apply to bigger film crews, the reopening of classrooms, daily visits to elderly care centres, and national parks.

Dr Taweesilp said measures were also being set down for concert and event halls of more than 20,000 square metres, education-oriented scientific centres, and beaches.

Other business categories included amusement parks, water parks, playgrounds and game shops; meeting rooms for more than 200 participants; pubs, bars and karaoke shops; and bath-sauna-massage parlours, he said.

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Vocabulary:

measures (noun): actions taken to solve a particular problem - มาตรการ

parlour : a shop that provides particular goods or services - ร้านค้า (เช่น ร้านเสริมสวย)

partial : in part, but not complete - บางส่วน

participants (noun): people who take part in something - ผู้เข้าร่วม

practice (noun): doing some activity to improve at it and become more skillful - ฝึกซ้อม, ซ้อม, ฝึกฝน

resumption (noun): the act of beginning something again after it has stopped - การเริ่มต้นใหม่

sauna (noun): a small hot wooden room that people sit in in order to sweat (=produce water from their skin); a very hot place which seems like a sauna - ห้องอบไอน้ำ, ห้องเซาว์น่า

spectators (noun): people who watch an activity without taking part - ผู้เข้าชม

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