Bangkok Opens Up as Virus Caseloads Drop, and Pretty Pups Benefit

NY TIMES

Bangkok is crazy for purebred dogs. Some wear nail polish, and many wear clothes. Our overheated schnauzer needed a trim, and the government opened up pet groomers just in time.

When the coronavirus lockdown in Bangkok eased a bit after six weeks, the first appointment my family made was not for a medical checkup or a walk in a park. Instead, we called the pet salon. Caper, our 9-month-old miniature schnauzer, was desperate for a trim. Thailand remains under a state of emergency through at least the end of May, with almost no international flights in or out. But because of the country’s low confirmed caseload of virus infections — about 3,000 cases and 56 deaths, as of Saturday — certain businesses have been allowed to reopen under strict social distancing and hygiene limits. Businesses given the green light are most restaurants, cafes and street-food vendors; markets; dining-in sections of supermarkets and grocery stores; public parks and outdoor sporting complexes; hair salons and barbershops — and pet grooming salons.

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