Bangkok’s EmQuartier closes 6 shops after COVID scare

Bangkok’s EmQuartier mall in a file photo. Photo: Wpcpey / CC BY-SA 4.0
Bangkok’s EmQuartier mall in a file photo. Photo: Wpcpey / CC BY-SA 4.0

One of Bangkok’s toniest shopping malls announced early this evening that it had closed six shops after learning they were visited by a shopper infected with COVID-19.

In a bulletin, the EmQuartier shopping mall said it closed several restaurants and shops today that had been visited by the unidentified person on Monday.

“It was reported that the person paid a visit to Maison Kitsune, COS, Rosniyom, Krispy Kreme, Eric Kayser and Guss Damn Good, within the shopping complex, it said, adding that the mall has initiated “the highest safety protocols” consistent with the Department of Disease Control.

The shops will be cleaned, sanitized and disinfected and remain closed through Saturday.

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All shop employees have been placed on leave for 14 days of quarantine. Those who came into direct contact with the patient will be hospitalized for COVID-19 tests.

Bangkok is currently considered a high-risk transmission area, with 39 new cases reported today amid a spiraling outbreak. Business activity has been restricted with in-restaurant dining. Alcohol sales at bars and clubs have been banned, leading to the closure of most nightlife venues.

At least 26 provinces have closed their borders to travelers from the capital unless they quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

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