The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is scheduled to discuss the relaxation of business reopening in department stores and malls in the maximum strict and controlled areas on Monday, August 16th.
The proposed relaxation includes the reopening of banks and financial institutions, IT and communication products, some miscellaneous shops, and electronics/appliances.
CCSA spokesperson Taweeslip Visanuyothin told reporters that the proposal was submitted by the Thai Shopping Center Association (TSCA), urging the government to order the reopening of four main businesses that are essential for everyday lives.
Dr. Teweeslip further stated that the government has acknowledged the suffering of the Thai people during this worsening pandemic but all measures being implemented at the moment are the strictest but the problem has not yet been solved.
“So, on Monday, August 16th, there will be a large CCSA meeting in the afternoon. The proposal and other issues will be concluded and announce afterward,” the spokesman stated.
Dr. Taweeslip also added that the current partial lockdown measures had, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, reduced infections of Covid-19 by about 20% so far, but if they did not manage to reduce this by another 5% minimum along with a targeted vaccination plan cases would continue to rise. He implied that the strict and unpopular measures, that close nearly all non-essential in 29 provinces and even outdoor spaces like beaches, parks, and pools would need to continue through September, or else Thailand could face 45,000 cases of Covid-19 a day.
His statements come amid a renewed amount of people calling for an easing of restrictions, claiming that the negative side of the closures and rules far outweigh the positives, especially with the government providing what many sectors claim is minimal-to no-financial aid. Tourist destinations like Pattaya have been particularly hard hit, with nearly every business closed or mandated closed, TPN media notes.
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