Shopping centers are open and and dining-in at eateries will resume today (Wednesday, Sept 1) as allowed by the government in accordance with its eased COVID-19 control measures.
The resumption of business and activities has taken effect in 29 dark-red provinces of maximum and strict controlled zones (including Pattaya City and Bangkok). Malls and eateries are allowed to operate until 8pm.
The Department of Disease Control has confirmed that staff and customers do not have to be fully vaccinated nor have passed COVID-19 tests. Customers do not have to show vaccination cards nor proof of having passed antigen tests.
Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) announced that service businesses and eateries can reopen today (Wednesday) even if their operators, employees or customers have not yet been fully vaccinated or passed COVID-19 tests.
Dr. Chawetsan Namwat, the DDC’s Director for disease and health hazard control in emergency situations, said a policy has been drawn regarding vaccinations among business operators and their employees before reopening, but details of the policy are yet to be announced.
He said these businesses can, nonetheless, reopen from today, September 1, while personal hygiene practices, known as DMHTT (Distancing, Mask wearing, Hand washing, body temperature Testing and use of the Thai Chana app) will ensure safety.
Dr. Chawetsan added that customers are not yet required to show vaccination cards or pass antigen tests either, but guidelines for compliance will be announced later. People’s cooperation with the “Universal Prevention” approach, to protect themselves from possible infection those around them, will boost confidence in the time of the new normal levels of disease control.
Air-conditioned eateries can use up to 50% of their seating capacities and those without air-conditioning can allow dining-in on up to 75% of their seats. The government required social distancing, good ventilation and hygiene standards there.
The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises is still NOT permitted.