Thailand's shopping malls reopen, with temperatures taken, used masks

BANGKOK: Thai people entered shopping malls on Sunday, once again enjoying their air-conditioned oases as the country eased one of the restrictions imposed to fight.

the government permitió que the centros comerciales volvieran a abrir después de que la cantidad de casos nuevos en Tailandia se redujera a un solo dígito durante todos menos un día durante más de dos semanas. Los centros comerciales habían estado cerrados desde marzo.

El clima tropical de Tailandia ha convertido a the centros comerciales en una parte integral de la vida en el país, especialmente en Bangkok , la sofocante capital. La estudiante Baiplu Chaonuam expresó su alivio al regresar a un Bangkok Mall. I started to get used to staying home, but being able to go back and look at things is an improvement by staying home, he said.

the mall experience, however, may not be as carefree as it was before the virus, with measures instituted to reduce the danger that the malls will become new infection hotspots.

Thermal scanners check temperatures for signs of fever and each buyer must pass through a disinfectant mist at each entrance. Everyone must wear a mask and stay throughout their stay. Do not crowd on escalators, as people must be within two steps of those in front of them.

Más controvertido, the compradores deben usar sus teléfonos inteligentes para registrarse electrónicamente al entrar y salir de un centro comercial, y al entrar y salir de tiendas individuales. Si alguien se enferma más tarde, estos datos almacenados se utilizarán para rastrear y contactar a cualquier persona que pueda haber estado en contacto con ellos en el centro comercial.

Contact tracing apps have been adopted in many countries, raising concerns among privacy advocates. But the Thai government says the data will be used only for public health purposes.

Lines formed outside luxury brand stores at Bangkok 's upmarket mall on Sunday as staff enforced the new entry procedures. Window-shopping families strolled down concourses, occasionally pausing to wash their hands with gel from the many dispensers.

Being able to go out again could help people relax, said a mall assistant, Jariya Seriyothin.

"But we still have to be careful when we come out and not let all these easing measures make us forget about everything." the coronavirus crisis has hit the already-struggling Thai economy hard. Millions of people have been laid off, with little immediate prospect of a return to work for many of them. the reopening of the malls at least brings some relief to one part of the retail sector.

the government will watch to see whether the infection rate remains low before deciding on the next phase of its plan to restore normality. It is treading carefully, announcing Saturday that it was extending to the end of June a ban on the arrival of international passenger flights.

Earlier this month, the government reopened public parks, which had been closed as part of anti-virus measures.

Thai health authorities announced three new cases of the virus on Sunday, with a total of 3,028, including 56 deaths.