Finally, after being closed for over a month, Bangkok’s much-loved Chatuchak Weekend Market is set to reopen for business starting May 9—but with strict social distancing measures still required of all visitors.
According to Walaya Wattanarat, BMA’s deputy permanent secretary, the weekend market will be open from 5am-6pm for shops and stalls dedicated to clothing and accessories, souvenirs, decorative items, second-hand items and ceramics, as well as food and snacks.
Standard preventive measures will be provided by City Hall, such as temperature screening at all entrances, sanitizer gel for all visitors and physical distance markings, plus the cleaning of public toilets every two hours.
Walaya adds that takeaway services are encouraged for food stalls, while stalls with seating are required to separate diners by at least 1.5 metres. Shops selling clothing, shoes, bags and other items must limit the number of customers to five at a time, or ten for larger stalls.
In addition, the Chatuchak Plant and Flower Market will be open on Tue from noon-6pm and Wed-Thu from 5am-6pm. However, due to the ongoing national curfew from 10pm-4am, the night market won’t be reopening any time soon.