Bangkok proposes reopening bars, parks, salons

A file photo of Lumphini Park in Bangkok
A file photo of Lumphini Park in Bangkok

Restaurants, bars, barber shops and public parks are among eight types of venues the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority today said it will propose reopening – soon.

Bangkok Gov. Aswin Kwanmuan on Tuesday identified the venues among those city administrators may let reopen as disease control measures are relaxed in response to falling numbers of new coronavirus infections.

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Whatever they propose is up to approval by the Department of Disease Control, which should have the final word by Wednesday. No date for reopening has been announced despite speculation it could happen as soon as Monday.

Airlines are expected to resume domestic service on Friday, and most bans on alcohol sales are set to be lifted that same day. 

Different conditions were suggested for each of the eight venues:

  1. Bars and restaurants: Dining in would be allowed but each table must be 1.5 meters apart. 
  2. Non-food markets 
  3. Sports venues: Some activities and sports that do not involve crowds such as jogging, badminton and tennis would be allowed. Team sports with close contact such as basketball or soccer would remain forbidden. 
  4. Public parks 
  5. Barbershops and salons: Only haircuts, hair washing and drying would be allowed. Barbers must wear face shields at all times. Reservations only. No walk-ins allowed. 
  6. Pet salons, vet clinics: Only one pet would be allowed to use the service at a time. 
  7. Clinics and hospitals 
  8. Golf courses and athletic training venues

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