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Mall shoppers may need full vaccination, negative test from next month

Mall shoppers may need full vaccination, negative test from next month
MONDAY, September 06, 2021

Shoppers may need proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to enter many shops in malls from next month, the Department of Health announced on Monday.

Department of Health chief Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai said the new “Covid-Free Setting” measure would be enforced according to the infection situation from October.

The measure comprises three aspects:

1. Covid-Free Environment: Frequently touched surfaces cleaned every 1-2 hours, shop products cleaned regularly, air-conditioning system cleaned every 3 months, adopt a HEPA air filtration system or install a local air filtration device, and gatherings banned at any point.

2. Covid-Free Personnel: All employees must be fully vaccinated or have contracted and recovered from Covid-19 in the past 1-3 months. Employees must be screened employees every day with the ThaiSafe Thai system which includes self-testing with antigen kits every 7 days. Employees are also banned from gathering or eating together and must follow universal infection controls.

3. Covid-Free Customers: Screening with the "Thai Safe Thai" platform or other government screening apps before entry to shops. To enter at-risk businesses such as restaurants, beauty salons and hairdressers, customers must show evidence of full vaccination, a history of infection in the past 1-3 months or a negative ATK test in the last 7 days. Also, business operators must comply with provincial disease controls.