Rattanakorn Market in Pattaya reopens after temporary closure to control Covid -19

Banglamung/Pattaya –

Rattanakorn Market reopens this week after one week’s temporary closure to control the spread of the Covid -19 virus, according to Banglamung officials.

The Banglamung District Chief Wuttisak Sainghadachoe ordered the temporary closure of several markets in Banglamung for seven days last week.

Banglamung orders temporary closure of two markets

The Banglamung District Chief ordered the temporary closure of Rattanakorn Market specifically from July 26th to August 1st for a big cleaning, staff Covid-19 testing, and sanitation and training measures. The training included teaching vendors how to take additional precautions against Covid-19 and how to help socially distance potential customers.

The market is now reopened as normal. However, sellers have increased Covid-19 measurements with plastic screens in front of their shops as well as more spacing. Most vendors are also wearing two layers of face masks for protection, according to Wuttisak.

Buyers have changed their behaviors as well. They have shortened their time for shopping at the market as well as naturally avoid clustering and respect social distancing, at least according to Wuttisak.

Market vendors have stated to The Pattaya News that although many are afraid of the virus, they are more afraid of not having an income or being able to pay for their basic living needs, food, and shelter. They want customers to know that every precaution possible is being made to protect customers who come to the market. That being said, traffic appeared to be minimal to Pattaya News reporters as of mid-week, however, many did not know the market had reopened.

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for closing in on two years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket except when commuting between the two.