A night market in Pattani’s Muang district has moved up its closing hours in compliance with the government’s 10pm to 4am curfew to allow merchants enough time to pack up their stalls and get home in time.
However, during the Ramadan period (the Muslim fasting month), the province will allow markets to maintain their regular hours to serve local shoppers who are fasting. Ramadan this year runs from April 24 to May 23.
Markets that want to resume their normal hours have been instructed to set up screening points and merchants have been told to maintain a one to two metre distance between stalls. Shoppers were also advised to wear face masks and avoid crowds.
Meanwhile, the elderly, children and chronically ill were told to refrain from going to markets as they faced a high risk of complications from Covid-19 infections.
As of April 20, Pattani had 90 confirmed Covid-19 cases, the third highest in the South after Phuket (192) and Yala (101).