Curfew pushed to 11pm, malls and gyms to reopen Sunday

Photo: CentralWorld / Facebook
Photo: CentralWorld / Facebook

The nationwide overnight curfew will begin one hour later while a few more venues will be allowed to reopen Sunday, health officials have announced.

Shopping malls, beauty clinics, art galleries, gyms and swimming pools can resume operation Sunday under strict rules to prevent COVID-19 transmission, Taweesilp Wissanuyothin of the COVID-19 task force said today.

While the overnight curfew and state of emergency will remain in place, it has been shortened by one hour to begin at 11pm instead of 10pm and still continue until 4am.

Here are some of the rules affected venues must follow:

Shopping malls and department stores: All shoppings malls must close at 8pm. Limited types of products can be sold such as books, furniture and electronics. Mall sections that draw crowds, such as game zones, water parks, playgrounds, cinemas and tutoring schools must remain closed. 

Eateries: Restaurants and canteens inside office buildings can reopen but alcohol consumption there will be prohibited.

Beauty clinics: Only certain body treatments will be allowed while facial beauty treatments, such as laser facials, will remain prohibited. Tattoo shops and massage parlors must remain closed. 

Gyms and fitness centers: Some sports and activities with no more than three people per team will be allowed, such as yoga, badminton, table tennis and sepak takraw. Only free weights will be allowed at fitness centers with exercising on any machine prohibited. Swimming pools, both outdoors and indoors, can open but swimmers must stay in lanes at least “7 feet” apart, and they cannot stay in the pool longer than one hour. 

Meeting rooms: Organizations can hold conferences limited to no more than 50 participants.

Public libraries, national museums, galleries.

This is a developing story and may be updated without notice.

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