No decision on reopening of shopping centers, barbers’ shops, restaurants in Thailand

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin.
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin.

BANGKOK – The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has not made any decision on the reopening of department stores, barbers’ and hairdressers’ shops and restaurants pending a resolution from the cabinet.

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin announced the stance in response to online reports claiming the premises would reopen on May 4.

He said CCSA today only discussed a proposal from the Culture Ministry to postpone national holidays in May indefinitely to prevent consequent long holidays when more people would otherwise travel.

Dr Taweesin also said the secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Council proposed business resumption but the proposal did not specify any particular business.

The prime minister told members of CCSA to carefully consider the matter and its possible impacts. They would discuss the issue in the afternoon and present findings to the cabinet meeting tomorrow, Dr Taweesin said.

“All factors must be really ready before announcing the resumption of businesses that will happen simultaneously nationwide,” he said.


The afternoon’s discussion involved many parties including representatives from the Disease Control Department, non-governmental organizations, academics, the Board of Trade of Thailand, provincial chambers of commerce, the Bank of Thailand, the Thai Bankers’ Association and the Federation of Thai Industries, Dr Taweesin said.

CCSA did not discuss any possibility of online or takeout sales of alcoholic beverages, he said. (TNA)