A shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, has introduced a series of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including installing foot-operated control panels in its elevators.
The measures taken by Seacon Square shopping mall on Bangkok’s Srinakarin Road offer a glimpse into what the world may look like after the current pandemic blows over.
The foot-operated control panels in the elevators allow users to select the floor and close or open the door by pressing the pedals.
This way they don’t have to touch any surfaces.
According to some research, the novel coronavirus can survive for up to three days on steel surfaces.
The other measures the mall has employed include installing hand-sanitizer dispensers in front of elevators and escalators, painting social-distancing lines on the floors, and thermo-scanning checkpoints. This last is a requirement of Thailand’s Public Health Ministry.
Seacon Square says it hopes the measures will become the new normal for shopping malls nationwide, because they can prevent not only the spread of COVID-19 but also other germs.
Some restaurants also set up plastic dividers and dinosaur “tablemates.”
This ensures the tables don’t become too crowded.
Thai government is also urging retailers and shoppers to check in on a digital platform when entering malls—it will send a message if a coronavirus case is discovered in a specific store.