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Bangkok lets restaurants open at night after Thai PM's request

Prayuth signs COVID measures including early closure of shopping complexes

Restaurants in Bangkok will be allowed to serve customers on the premises from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Tuesday as part of government measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- The local government of Bangkok has overturned its own decision to prohibit restaurants from serving dinner, acting on request from Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as he takes responsibility for weighing the economic costs of the country's fight against a rapid coronavirus resurgence.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will allow restaurants to operate normally between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. The original announcement, which was retracted after only several hours, restricted restaurants to takeout service from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The new regulation encourages proper hygiene and strict enforcement of social distancing, and encourages takeout service at all times.

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