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- Tint of my eyes:
- Misty gray-blue
- What is my gender:
- My sex is lady
- Color of my hair:
- Figure type:
- I'm skinny
Drawing a ificant amount of influence from ancient Indian Ayurvedic traditions of medical practice for over years, Thai massage has become one of the most sought out ways to do some self-pampering during your trip to Bangkok.
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To curb the Covid pandemic, massage parlours and gyms were among the first businesses and premises to be ordered closed. Facing the impact of two waves of the coronavirus, business owners and employees said they were more concerned about making ends meet than the disease itself.
But since the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration BMA allowed these businesses to reopen last Friday, some worry that regaining customers after the closures will not be easy.
After the new wave of Covid sparked in mid-December, the BMA announced on Jan 2 the closure of 25 businesses and venues including fitness centres and sports clubs as well as spas and Thai traditional massage shops. Since Friday, 13 businesses including fitness centres and massage parlours have been allowed to reopen, on condition that they observe strict health measures such as wearing face masks at all times and keeping exercise machines at least two metres apart. In the meantime, business owners have yet to pull in big customer s and are struggling to pay their bills.
Ekarat Techasan, 39, the owner of "Sabaidee Foot Massage" at Seacon Square Srinakarin said his shop follows all the guidelines, with alcohol gel provided, partitions dividing each massage seat, and masseurs wearing surgical masks and face shields to ensure customer safety from the disease.
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They are afraid of infection because massage involves touching body parts. So I have to ensure they are safe, otherwise they will leave again," he said, noting that another reason keeping customers away is their financial situation. Asked what he thought about the government's handling of the pandemic, he said he lacked confidence in the measures.
His employee Rungrat Artpen, 44, said she was unemployed right after the closure. I turn 45 this year. Finding a new job at this age is too hard, and I would not dare to work as a home masseur.
The customers and I are both afraid of being infected. Masseurs are normally paid according to the of customers they service and the hours they work. Ms Rungrat used to earn baht a day, but when the second wave came, everything changed. Sometimes I made only baht a day".
Fortunately, Mr Ekarat was able to support her along with her son back in her hometown, Phetchabun.
Amid the new pandemic wave, she said she felt less scared because of the experience from the first wave. She had learnt to adjust and save money as much as possible. Apinan Sittichai, 42, owner of Pinklao the Infinity massage shop said having to close the shop was scarier than the pandemic. I was surprised to have to close the doors again and I cannot believe the spread was uncontrollable," he said.
Besides ensuring a clean and safe environment, he is devising ways to promote his business to regain his customers. Even though only a few have come back, at least it is better than doing nothing at all," he said, adding it was already difficult to attract customers after re-opening in the first round.
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It is better for them to reconsider what they are doing regarding how to prevent citizens from starving while controlling the pandemic. I decided to stay here to save costs, otherwise I need to go back home in Phitsanulok," one of Mr Apinan's employees said.
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At least, there was government support for treatment costs and I would not starve," he said, adding that he was not confident in the government's pandemic control measures. In fact, he believed the government was using the pandemic "as a political tool to delay anti-government protests". Another year-old masseur, who asked not to be named, revealed he was forced to flee to his girlfriend's home in Laos to save living costs during the first pandemic wave.
But this time he needed to stay here since all borders have been closed. He would need to risk to be infected by being an at-home masseur to survive while being careful not to get infected. Meanwhile, owner of Trio Fitness on Phutthamonthon Sai 3 Road, Anupong Wayo, 32, and his shareholder and trainer, Jetsada Arunwichit, 27, experienced both first and second gym closures announced by the government.
So, I need to do anything that I can to get money easily", he said.
Regarding his feeling toward the second pandemic, he had no fear of the virus itself, saying fear would only reduce people's immunity. But first and foremost, they should realise that closing businesses will not help anything, but rather affect the people and the entire economy system as a whole.
He also suggested the government should find ways to reduce the cost of living such as reducing property taxes which would not only help landlords, but also help people who need to pay the rent during the pandemic.
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