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Bangkok's street food hub of Chinatown comes alive as lockdown eases

Bangkok's street food hub of Chinatown comes alive as lockdown eases
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Thailand has loosened restrictions on some businesses after progress in containing the coronavirus, bringing life back to the streets, including the hawker-food heaven of Bangkok';s Chinatown. | People wearing protective masks order food in the street. Image Credit: Reuters
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Thailand was the first country outside China to record a case of the coronavirus, back in January, but its daily tally of new cases has fallen to single digits for the past week, with a total of 2,969 confirmed infections and 54 deaths, as of Sunday. | Customers'; protective masks hang on their ears as they eat food. Image Credit: Reuters
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Street foods are pictured in Chinatown after the government started opening some restaurants outside shopping malls, parks and barbershops during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand. Image Credit: Reuters
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The government has welcomed the progress with a relaxation of some lockdown rules, allowing food stalls and restaurants outside shopping malls to reopen, and allowing shops to sell alcohol for drinking at home. Image Credit: Reuters
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"My stall has been closed for 40 days, because no one';s been here. I';ve lost 70% of my income," said Taweesak Tabthong the owner of a famous Chinatown shark fin restaurant, who was happy to see a queue of customers outside. | A man sits in his car as he buys take away at street stall. Image Credit: Reuters
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Wannika Naphon, happy to be getting out for a meal for the first time in weeks, said she was confident businesses would be careful with distancing. Image Credit: Reuters
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Up to Sunday, restaurants and street stalls were only allowed to sell food for takeaway or delivery. | Vendors wearing protective masks sell food. Image Credit: Reuters
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Customers are now allowed to eat in again but are meant to observe social distancing, with tables spaced apart. Image Credit: Reuters
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"I';m sure Yaowarat will return to normal with a lot of tourists soon," she said, referring to the street by which Bangkok';s Chinatown is known. Image Credit: Reuters
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Under the relaxed rules, outdoor markets, small shops, parks and outdoor sports facilities, barbers and pet groomers can reopen. Image Credit: Reuters
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A man wearing a protective mask rides his skateboard in Chinatown Image Credit: Reuters
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But a nighttime curfew, from 10 p.m., will remain until the end of the month so it will be some time before Bangkok';s famous night life even begins to get back to normal. Image Credit: Reuters