Vendors urge governor to reopen markets

 | Tue 1 Jun 2021 13:47 ICT

Earlier today a group of a couple of dozen vendors from Kad Farang, Hang Dong, visited the provincial hall to hand in a letter to Governor of Chiang Mai, Charoenrit Sanguansat, urging him to allow markets to reopen, as many people are struggling to survive with no means of earning an income.

A representative of the group told CityNews that all markets have were closed at the beginning of April, yet on the 8th May, when they were allowed to open, the weekend markets and popup markets were still ordered to remain closed. He said that his group at Kad Farang are all vendors who are permanent fixtures, with none of their stalls or carts being moved from their regular spots. While they are only open on Mondays, Wednesdays and weekends, they are permanent and should be considered as market vendors not popup vendors.

Over 400 vendors, they say, are struggling to support their families, having been denied the opportunity to earn an income for the past three months. Many of them are now unable to pay for their children’s upcoming school fees, and some members, he said, are considering suicide.

Fearing even more hardship for his fellow vendors, the representative urged the governor to please allow them to reopen their businesses. A representative of the governor said that he would consider the situation.