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Reopening a Restaurant in Thailand in the Aftermath of COVID-19

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing restaurant businesses here in Thailand. In the aftermath of COVID-19, I have been talking to people mostly online because we have all been social distancing, clients and things, "What do I think it is going to look like in the aftermath?"  Are there going to be new rules? Things of that nature. 

In a recent article from the Bangkok Post, that is bangkokpost.com, the article is titled: Stores to get Health Stamp-of-approval Certificates to Verify Hygiene Standards. Quoting directly: "The Department of Health is going to issue electronic certificates to ensure public hygiene standards after the government allows businesses and shops to operate as normal."  Quoting further: "The list of businesses that can register for the online certificates include: restaurants, markets, food delivery services, department stores, hotels, public transport services, educational institutes, religious facilities, fitness center, spas, offices, beauty salons, and convenience stores."  Quoting further: "The electronic certificate scheme is being readied as the government is set to discuss next week, when and how to lift or lessen the lockdown measures as the number of COVID-19 cases in Thailand has decreased over the past two weeks."   So for those who are interested in reading on that further, I urge you to check out the Bangkok Post site for that.

I also would like to note another article, again from the Bangkok Post. This article is titled, Ministry Float Ideas on Exit Strategy. Quoting directly: "However there must be no campaigns aimed at drawing large crowds to a certain spot such as flash sales. Operators must also redesign, and this is important, redesign their service areas by calculating how many people they can serve in an hour. They must also find ways to prevent long queues at restrooms. Besides they must have applications to screen customers and log their entry and exit times for fast-tracking in cases of emergency. For instance, an operator must know how many customers are being served at a given time". 

So clearly there are going to be some new protocols that they are looking at bringing in with respect to maintaining a restaurant in Thailand in the aftermath of this. Exactly what those are going to look like remain to be seen but I think that these quotes provide at least some insight in making some inferences on what we can probably see moving forward. For those who are concerned about this especially with respect to the health certificates, it is probably well advised to go ahead and contact a legal professional in order to better understand what needs to occur in getting a business up and going or I should say specifically a restaurant business up and going in the aftermath of COVID-19.