Union Mall, a Bangkok hub for affordable and trendy fashion, will suspend operations from Thursday until the end of the month.
The shopping center at Lat Phrao intersection announced yesterday that punishing pandemic waves have hurt the more than 1,500 stores there, and there’s no sign of when it will end. Only its restaurants will remain open for food takeaway and delivery, and it expects to reopen May 28.
“No one knows or feels confident how long this fight with the pandemic will last, and whether all businesses that are survivors today will still be around tomorrow,” read the mall’s statement. “Isn’t it tiring just thinking about it? We listened to thousands of comments from our tenants and decided to do a temporarily halt … to let them ‘rest’ from the anxiety of operating expenses and fear of getting infected with COVID-19.”
While malls remain open, they must currently close at 8pm. City Hall on Friday extended the shut down of venues including parks, pubs, bars, and gyms until at least May 17. Restaurants can operate until 9pm but without diners.