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TAT update: Bangkok orders malls, markets and other venues closed until 12 April

Effective from tomorrow, 22 March, 2020, the temporary closure excludes supermarkets, pharmacies, food take-out and delivery, and other essential services.

Bangkok, 21 March, 2020, at 18.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has today issued an order for shopping malls, markets and an expanded list of sports, entertainment and service shops considered high-risk areas for the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to be closed for three weeks.

The venues to be closed from Sunday, 22 March to Sunday, 12 April, 2020, are:

  1. Restaurants (except takeaway and restaurants serving food for hotel guests).
  2. Shopping malls (except supermarket zones, pharmacies or zones selling necessary items and food shops (takeaway is permitted).
  3. Eat-in corners at convenience stores.
  4. Markets and weekend markets (except sales of fresh and dried food and cooked meals for takeaway, animal feed, pharmacies and other necessary items).
  5. Beauty salons and barber shops.
  6. Tattoo service shops.
  7. Skate and rollerblade venues or other similar services.
  8. Amusement parks and bowling lanes.
  9. Gaming and Internet shops.
  10. Golf courses and golf driving ranges.
  11. Swimming pools and similar service venues.
  12. Fighting cock venues.
  13. Buddha amulet sales stalls.
  14. Exhibition and convention centres.
  15. Educational institutions at all levels including tuition schools.
  16. Weight-control services and cosmetic clinics.
  17. Health spas, massage shops and beauty treatment shops.
  18. Animal spas, animal care centres and clinics.
  19. Massage parlours.
  20. Saunas and herbal treatment centres.
  21. Cinemas and theatres.
  22. Fitness centres and sports clubs.
  23. Service venues and entertainment places.
  24. Boxing stadiums and boxing schools.
  25. Sports stadiums.
  26. Horse race tracks.

Those who violate the closure order are liable to a jail term of up to one year and/or a fine of up to 100,000 Baht.

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom ( For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

For constant updates of Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures for travellers, please visit

This press release is published on 21 March, 2020, at 18.00 Hrs. All information is accurate at the current time but can be changed depending on the situation. The TAT Newsroom will not be updating this press release but will issue new updates as soon as further information becomes available.

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