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Test Negative to Shop: Mall Patrons Must Be Vaxed or Pass Covid Test to Enter Malls Oct. 1

Health Department also to require mall workers to be vaccinated

A woman displays her phone to doorman, to conform using a mobile application to help contact-tracing at the entrance to the upmarket shopping mall Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Thai authorities allowed department stores, shopping malls and other businesses to reopen from Sunday, selectively easing restrictions meant to combat the coronavirus. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)
A woman displays her phone to doorman, to conform using a mobile application to help contact-tracing at the entrance to the upmarket shopping mall Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 17, 2020. Thai authorities allowed department stores, shopping malls and other businesses to reopen from Sunday, selectively easing restrictions meant to combat the coronavirus. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)

All Thailand mall employees and workers in other “at-risk” businesses must be vaccinated by Oct. 1, the Department of Health said.

Director-general of the Public Health Ministry office, Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, said Thursday that workers covered by the govenrment’s “Covid-Free Settings” scheme should be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and take an antigen test every seven days.

Workers who have had only a single dose of a coronavirus vaccine will need to test negative and undergo a risk assessment before being allowed to work.

The department also wants customers to be fully vaccinated. If they aren’t, they should present negative antigen test results just to enter a mall in Thailand starting in October.

The chances of such a plan being enforced are less than zero.

Accoording to bureaucrats, the Covid-Free Settings require shopping malls and other businesses a contingency plan to control any outbreaks of Covid-19 immediately.

All business owners must also make quarantine preparations, to ensure speedy isolation and treatment of any employees who contract the coronavirus.