2-hour limit on shopping mall visits mulled

2-hour limit on shopping mall visits mulled

Staff of food delivery companies sit on social-distancing chairs due to the coronavirus disease outbreak, as they wait for customers' orders at a shopping mall in Bangkok April 10, 2020. (Reuters file photo)
Staff of food delivery companies sit on social-distancing chairs due to the coronavirus disease outbreak, as they wait for customers' orders at a shopping mall in Bangkok April 10, 2020. (Reuters file photo)

The prime minister has raised the prospect of a two-hour time limit on shopping centre visits to help curb the novel coronavirus.

The number of people allowed in at any one time will also need to be restricted, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said in a briefing in Bangkok on Tuesday.

“We’re preparing for the next stage of reopening,” he said, adding that the pathogen could have an impact on the economy for another six to nine months.

Thailand remains under a state of emergency through May, but has begun easing a partial lockdown to allow businesses to restart in phases. Malls were popular and crowded destinations before the pandemic. They are also drivers of revenue for conglomerates such as Central Group and TCC Group.

Officials reported one additional coronavirus case and no new deaths Tuesday, in a further sign that Thailand’s outbreak is ebbing. The number of detected infections stands at 2,988. Fatalities have remained at 54 for about a week.


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