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Authorities in Vientiane have reversed their decision to close supermarkets.

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The Department of Industry and Commerce in Vientiane's capital has reversed a controversial decision to close supermarkets and other stores.

Various retail establishments, including supermarkets, will be authorized to open at specific times and under certain conditions, according to a notification issued today.


“Import-export firms, department stores, supermarkets and minimarts, fresh markets, small retailers, and petrol stations in Vientiane Capital may operate as usual in delivering goods and services to consumers from September 21 to September 30,” according to the announcement.


Customers must receive temperature checks, be given hand gel, and wear facemasks at all times for such firms to operate normally.


At any given moment, only a certain number of consumers may enter, and retailers must ensure that shoppers maintain a social distance of at least one meter. Shelving or stock tables must be separated by one meter, and stores must be kept clean at all times.


Hours of Operation
-Fresh markets may open from 6am to 7pm.
-Department Stores may open from 9am to 8pm.
-Supermarkets may open from 9am to 8pm.
-Minimarts may open from 9am to 8pm.
-Small retailers may open from 9am to 8pm.
-Wholesalers may open from 9am to 8pm.


Only market stalls selling agricultural commodities, household items, and takeaway meals are permitted to open at fresh markets, while all other stalls must remain closed.


Petrol stations can continue to operate normally, but they must implement Covid-19 preventive measures and maintain a social distance.


Meanwhile, night markets, clothes stores, electrical appliance stores, and other non-essential establishments will be shuttered.


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