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Thailand reopens restaurants and golf courses from May 3

Bangkok to ease coronavirus restrictions in four phases but extends alcohol sales ban

Thailand to begin the first of four phases of reopening businesses on Sunday. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Thailand will allow some businesses to reopen from May 3, including golf courses and restaurants, as the coronavirus outbreak comes under control, although the government will extend a ban on alcohol sales for another month.

"Slow and steady. We are moving on cautiously and healthily," said Natapanu Nopakun, deputy spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From Sunday, markets selling fresh produce, flea markets, restaurants, cafes, golf courses, parks, tennis courts, hairdressers and pet groomers can open and resume business.

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