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Thai shoppers awaken to new retail landscape as pandemic ebbs

App monitors foot traffic in shops while social distancing becomes new normal

The Bar-B-Q Plaza restaurant in Bangkok is placing cardboard models of their mascot Barbegon in some seats to ensure social distancing. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Retail in Thailand is coming back to life as businesses are allowed to reopen after daily tallies of coronavirus cases have not exceeded single digits for weeks.

But consumers are awakening to a new service industry, one transformed by the strict preventive measures that were put in place to halt the contagion.

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