Following the Thai government's decision to close gyms in crowded cities to slow the spread of the coronavirus, gym owner Nattapong Panastien from Chiang Mai came with a witty solution to find a way through the crisis: a fruit selling business attended by shirtless trainers.

Showing their sculptured muscles, the team of former gym trainers was seen working hard on Thursday at Bsamfruit shop, peeling durian fruits and helping out customers, but always trying to abide by hygiene measures and wearing face masks.

"We are running a fruit selling business because of the COVID situation," explained owner Nattapong Panastien.

"It was totally different from the gym," he said. "We are thinking the gym feels too boring something like that, when you work here you keep talking with lots of customers, you have to deal with different kinds of customers, you need to learn how to handle the durian condition," he added.

According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, Thailand has reported nearly 3,000 cases of COVID-19 with at least 55 related deaths as of Thursday.

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Associated Press 11 May 2020 11:44 CEST

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