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Chatuchak Market set to open six days a week by mid-April


The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has decided to ease lockdown measures at Chatuchak Market.

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Merchants will be allowed to open their shops on weekdays, except Monday, Wanlaya Wattanarat, BMA’s deputy permanent secretary, said.

The market had earlier been ordered shut on weekdays and be open only on weekends to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“To help increase revenue for the merchants, the market will open until 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, while on Friday, Saturday and Sunday merchants are allowed to remain open until 10pm,” she said.

“Chatuchak will close every Monday for cleaning.”

Chatuchak Market set to open six days a week by mid-April

The BMA also has ordered the market administrator to expand the walkways within the market by removing obstacles and stalls that encroach on walkways to reduce crowdedness in the areas, as well as install lighting to facilitate people’s night-time shopping.

“We expect the market will be ready to open six days a week by around mid-April,” she added.

“After the reopening on weekdays, we are planning to organise promotional activities around the clock tower to attract shoppers, such as cactus or gifts festival.”

The BMA also urged over 10,000 merchants in 31 zones of the market to send one representatives from each zone to participate in meetings with the BMA and market administrator to address any problems they might have and find solutions together.

Wanlaya added that merchants and shoppers at Chatuchak still need to follow Covid-19 preventive measures, including wearing face mask, maintaining social distancing and washing hands regularly.

Published : March 26, 2021

By : THE NATION