Health officials said Friday they are considering reduced restrictions that could allow restaurants to partially reopen in the worst-affected provinces, including Bangkok, Chonburi, and Chiang Mai.
Allowing restaurants to welcome diners again on a limited basis was among options being considered by the Covid-19 task force, spokesperson Taweesilp Wissanuyothin said today. They’re also considering allowing convenience stores and malls to remain open an additional hour, to 11pm and 9pm respectively.
On-site dining has been banned for two weeks, along with the closure of a range of venues and cap on gatherings at 20 people. What was under consideration Friday would allow restaurants to seat at 25 percent of capacity until a closing time of 9pm. It would also allow takeaway to continue until 11pm while alcohol could still not be served on the premises.
There was no discussion of relaxing the mask mandate, which was enacted under a threat of a B20,000 fine.
Taweesilp said the details of what they decide to do in each province is likely to be announced Saturday.
Despite signs that the spread of Covid-19 is not abating, the economic wounds it has reopened have spurred calls for businesses such as restaurants and bars to either reopen or receive financial aid.