A group of massage parlor operators on Monday urged the government to allow their businesses to reopen.
They cited a severe hardship many of them are facing. The Thai government said in a 2019 report that there are about 25,000 practitioners of the traditional massage craft nationwide.
Many massage parlors have already closed down for good because they cannot afford to keep the business open with the ongoing financial loss, they said.
The group's petition was submitted to the Prime Minister.