Thailand's Chiang Mai closes all department stores, marketplaces and public service spots


  • Thailand
  • Sunday, 22 Mar 2020

Tourists seen here in a Chiang Mai night market. Thailand's northern tourist province of Chiang Mai, a big favourite with South-East Asian, foreign and Chinese tourists, is temporarily closing all department stores, marketplaces and public service spots, beginning on Monday (March 23), to contain the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. - AFP

BANGKOK: Thailand's northern tourist province of Chiang Mai, a big favourite with South-East Asian and Chinese tourists, is temporarily closing all department stores, marketplaces and public service spots, beginning on Monday (March 23), to contain the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

Chiang Mai Provincial Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat announced in a press conference the tourist province is closing all department stores, marketplaces and public service spots from March 23 until April 12 to contain the Covid-19 spread.

Nevertheless, supermarkets, restaurants and foodshops in the premises of the department stores remain open for customers only to buy food and take it home and cannot eat it there, according to the provincial governor.

Besides, all other restaurants, foodshops and market stalls selling fresh, dried and cooked food throughout the northern province are still open but customers are not allowed to eat the food there and can only buy and take it home, Charoenrit said.

Public service spots ordered by the provincial governor to be temporarily closed include beauty salons, barbershops, spas, swimming pools, cinemas, stadiums, fitness parlors, massage parlors, sport facilities, internet service and karaoke lounges, among others.

Chiang Mai apparently followed suit of Bangkok which is temporarily closing all department stores, marketplaces and public service spots from Sunday until April 12. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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