Bangkok imposes curfew for stores, says it’s not a curfew

All stores in Bangkok must shut at midnight starting tonight, City Hall ordered Wednesday afternoon, while insisting that it was “not a curfew.”

Bangkok Gov. Aswin Kwanmuang said after a Wednesday meeting that Bangkok they had agreed to impose the new measure and asked all store owners to cooperate by closing midnight to 5am.

The order applies to all stores including convenience stores and food stalls.

The order begins tonight at midnight. Aswin, while insisting that it was “not a curfew,” said it was meant to reduce the number of infections in Bangkok and minimize how frequently people go out.

Just yesterday, Nonthaburi province, which spans the northwest metropolitan area, was placed under a full 11pm to 5am curfew by its governor.

No expiration date was specified in either order. Governors were granted emergency powers including the authority to shut down any venues deemed necessary to contain the virus. Those powers are currently set to expire at the end of April but may be extended.

Thailand reported another 120 cases and two deaths today, raising the official tally to 1,771 infections and 12 fatalities since January.

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