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CCSA promises reopening of nightlife venues

CCSA promises reopening of nightlife venues

BANGKOK: Thai nightlife will soon be back in full swing as a key member of the virus-fighting state agency on Sunday (June 21) promised to allow pubs, bars, karaoke parlours and other entertainment venues to reopen their doors.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 21 June 2020, 05:15PM

The normally lively nightlife in Bangkok has been dead for months with entertainment venues ordered to shut to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Jetjaras Na Ranong / Bangkok Post

The normally lively nightlife in Bangkok has been dead for months with entertainment venues ordered to shut to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Jetjaras Na Ranong / Bangkok Post

The decision was reached in talks between Nattapol Nakpanit, a key figure at the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), and representatives of nightlife and musicians. It still needs endorsement, however, by the full-fledged CCSA meeting on Friday, reports the Bangkok Post.

Musicians and entertainers made an emotional appeal on Thursday to the government to allow them to get back to work as the long closure had put them in severe financial straits. 

Gen Nattapol said after the talks he will recommend to the full-member CCSA in a meeting on Friday that they be allowed to get back to work, but stressed the need for proper measures to prevent COVID-19 from rebounding.

“The fifth stage of easing restrictions will take place, with or without the extension of the emergency decree for another month,” said Gen Nattapol, who is the deputy army chief. “If the emergency decree is lifted, all closure orders will automatically end.”

The emergency decree will stay in place at least until the end of this month and it can be extended by the centre if authorities remain worried about the outbreak. Thailand has recorded no new local transmissions for 27 days, with recent cases imported by Thais returning to the country.

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Sanga Ruangwattanakul, president of the Khao San Business Association, who was in the talks, said all participants were satisfied with the outcome and expected to go back to work on July 1.

All nightlife operators have prepared plans to prevent virus transmission based on the guidelines of the Public Health Ministry, he added.

A representative of the entertainment businesses said operators in other provinces needed the green light from provincial governors, since they have been given full authority to make the decision in their jurisdiction.

It remains unclear whether the planned reopening will include wet massage parlours.

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GerryT81 | 22 June 2020 - 18:04:18

@Kurt,it might come as a big surprise to you,but as I said already, there are Thais and Expats who like to have a drink. Are bars in your country only visited by tourists ? Jeez !

maverick | 22 June 2020 - 17:56:32

Having gone to these enormous lengths to eliminate the virus from Thailand - 28 days by their definition means it’s gone how can they possible let people in again. Only countries who are also Covid free perhaps - not too many of those - the moment flights resume the virus will be back and the Thais way of dealing with it will be lockdown - what’s the point of that ?

CaptainJack69 | 22 June 2020 - 11:57:47

If it's OK to open the GoGo bars then it's time to stop ALL the COVID nonsense and go back to life as usual. Open the airports, lift the emergency decree, stop making people wear masks, let them sit together in restaurants, all of it. If something as non-essential as 'T&A parlors' can open then it must be all clear.

ThorFinger | 22 June 2020 - 11:15:50

But, if you wait until other countries are all ready to send people, you risk a massive influx which will be extremely (nearly impossible) to manage. My suggestion is; open early, put sensible procedures in place, monitor the situation and most importantly have common sense plans to deal with a small outbreak...which will happen. We must realise also that a lot of tourists will not wear masks.

Kurt | 22 June 2020 - 10:52:40

Night Life  (may be July 1?) reopens? For who? For business people and technicians only who are allowed coming to Thailand? Or tourists from bubble-countries? Countries not defined yet? And not having flight scheduling to Thailand?

GerryT81 | 22 June 2020 - 10:10:32

@ThorFinger  Maybe you are quite happy with sitting in a restaurant,but don't speak for others.This is not only about Phuket. Thai's like to go out and Expats too. Entertainment venues all over Thailand would be happy to open.Seems like you care only about your own business.

ThorFinger | 21 June 2020 - 21:12:13

Business was hoping on international tourists being allowed to enter in July. There won't be a huge influx and the Thai authorities can ensure that doesn't happen as they manage the inflow of tourists in an appropriate manner. This will give the authorities AND the business community the chance to comply with sensible rules. 

ThorFinger | 21 June 2020 - 21:03:40

First of all...sorry. Now: the bars and nightclubs opening to who??
Tomorrow will see probably nearly the last of the Russian workers depart Phuket until international tourists are allowed to return. All that's left here are the operators themselves and the wider business owners and retirees...who are quite happy with sitting in a 'restaurant'.


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