6 June 2024

The Union Mall, opposite Central Lardprao shopping mall in Bangkok, has announced its temporary closure, starting Thursday and until at least May 27th, or until further notice.

Only eateries inside can remain open for deliveries and takeaways said the management in a statement posted on Facebook on Sunday.

The temporary closure is meant to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spread and for businesses renting the mall’s spaces to “take a rest” from their concerns about expenses and fear of infections, according to the management, amid the third wave of the pandemic.

The management also presented a letter of complaint from one of the tenants, who said that the mall, which used to be frequented by many young shoppers looking for fashionable clothing, is now almost deserted and has been since the first wave of COVID-19 last year.

There were times when it appeared that the economy was slowly picking up, then another wave of the pandemic struck, not only against humans but also struggling businesses, which have no immunity. Those who have some funding may carry on for a while, but no one knows when this war against the disease will be over, according to the complaint.