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Khon Kaen readies safety measures as businesses prepare to reopen


Khon Kaen’s private sector is putting in place health safety measures as businesses prepare to reopen now that the state of emergency is set to end on April 30, said Kamolpong Sanguantrakul, chairman of the Khon Kaen Chamber of Commerce.

He explained that if preparations were not made in advance, then the reopening of businesses may lead to new infections, which will lead to lockdown again.
Kamolpong added that the first few businesses to be reopened will be eateries, retail shops and department stores because it is easy to impose social-distancing measures in these venues.
Businesses that require close contact, such as hairdressing salons, massage spas or beauty clinics, will be required to upgrade their safety measures first before they are allowed to resume operation.
Despite the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, no Khon Kaen-based businesses have closed down nor has there been mass layoffs, he said, adding that only some businesses have cut down their workers’ salaries.
Many businesses in the country are hoping that the government will relax some restrictions to give them breathing space as they have been hit badly by the outbreak.

Published : April 20, 2020

By : THE NATION