Chatuchak Market reopens this weekend

Photo: Chatuchak Weekend Market jjweekendmarket / Facebook
Photo: Chatuchak Weekend Market jjweekendmarket / Facebook

After being closed over a month, the popular weekend destination Chatuchak Market will resume operations Saturday

Wanlaya Wattanarat of City Hall said yesterday that the outdoor flea market would be allowed to reopen this weekend, with some mandatory restrictions including limited opening hours and social-distancing measures due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

All shoppers and vendors must wear face masks while distance must be maintained between each person. Hand sanitizer will be installed at several spots in the sprawling complex. 

People are encouraged to order food for takeaway. Restaurants or stalls wishing to seat diners must provide seats at least 1.5 meters apart from each other. 

Thailand has reported few new cases of COVID-19 in daily updates since late last month, leading to a phrased lifting of restrictions on movement and commerce. 

Despite the measures announced, it is difficult to imagine any meaningful enforcement at the sprawling marketplace which on a typical day teems with shoppers squeezing past each other in narrow lanes.

Operating hours will limited to 5am to 6pm, as a national overnight curfew remains in place, Wanlaya said. 

Apart from the weekend market, the Chatuchak Tree Market will also be allowed to resume selling plants and trees nearby from noon to 6pm on its usual days of Wednesday and Thursday. 

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