Beginning Tuesday July 20, the Thai Retailers Association (TRA) and Thai Shopping Center Association (TSCA) have made changes to the opening hours of department stores, shopping malls and retail stores in 13 COVID-19 “dark red” provinces including Chonburi (Pattaya City).
TRA president Yol Phokasub and TSCA president Nopporn Witoonchart said the new measures include department stores and shopping malls, which can open only supermarkets, pharmacies, vaccination stations and state medical service centers until 8pm.
Supermarkets, hypermarkets and cash and carry stores located outside shopping malls can remain open until 8pm, while convenience stores and fresh markets can open from 4am to 8pm. Pharmacies, financial institutions, post offices, retail stores and delivery services outside shopping malls can operate with COVID-19 measures in place.
They added that retailers are ready to provide online shopping services. Supermarkets and convenience stores have also implemented consumer goods management, to relieve people’s concerns over product shortages.
Meanwhile, the Government Financial Institutions Association (GFA) has announced that branches of state-owned banks and financial institutions inside department stores in the 13 dark-red provinces will be closed from 20 July onwards.
The GFA also changed operating hours for state financial institution branches in department stores in other zones, which will now stay open until 5pm. Outside department stores nationwide, they will open until 3.30pm, except in 3 provinces (Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani) where they will close 3pm. (NNT)