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Restaurants Ask For Urgent Help To Prevent Mass Closures

A group representing more than 100,000 restaurants is pleading with the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to ease restrictions and prevent mass closures.

Thaniwan Kulmongkol, president of the Thai Restaurant Association, said it would ask the CCSA to establish a committee, comprising the National Economic and Social Committee, Finance Ministry, Bank of Thailand and other restaurant associations to tailor trading restrictions for each area and thus relieve the plight suffered by restaurateurs during the pandemic.

Ms Kulmongkol said most restaurants were small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which had no channel to voice their problems to the government, even though they had connections throughout the industry and millions of people. If they continued to be affected, so would other businesses.

If the situation did not improve immediately, consumers would further slash their spending, Ms Kulmongkol added, affecting small and medium-sized restaurants even more.

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