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Curfew breakers spur new booze ban threat

Curfew breakers spur new booze ban threat

THAILAND: A sudden rise in the number of people breaking the curfew to drink alcohol between Sunday night and early yesterday morning (May 4) has prompted a warning that the government may have to reinstate the sales ban.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 5 May 2020, 08:39AM

Makro said sales of alcoholic beverages at its branches continued to rise yesterday (May 4). Photo: Bangkok Post

Makro said sales of alcoholic beverages at its branches continued to rise yesterday (May 4). Photo: Bangkok Post

A total of 690 people defied the curfew, representing a 60% rise on the previous night when the alcohol sales ban was still in effect.

The ban was lifted in most provinces Sunday (May 3), which marked the first of a 14-day trial period for resuming alcohol sales.

Of the 690 curfew violators, 129 were also involved in social drinking gatherings prohibited under the emergency decree, said the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin,

The other types of misconduct associated with curfew violation were gambling and illicit drug use, he said.

“The country won’t be able to succeed in [containing COVID-19] without cooperation from everyone.

“Only when it is certain the country is totally free of the virus will we be able to live a normal life again,” he said.

“The 14-day trial will be crucial. It will give the government a clear idea whether other COVID-19 restrictions should be eased, or whether we go back to square one.

Thai Residential

“All statistics are being compiled for evaluation. If new infections remain low during the easing of the restrictions, we will move on to the next phase,” said Dr Taweesilp said.

“But if infections flare up, the easing will be reviewed and possibly stopped.

“What we have achieved in the past month is meaningful and what we do in the next 14 days will be even more important,” the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, Siriphon Detsing, deputy chief executive officer of Siam Makro Plc, said sales of alcoholic beverages at Makro branches continued to rise yesterday.

Those living in the provinces where an alcohol sales ban persists had travelled to nearby provinces to buy the alcohol, she noted.

In Ubon Ratchathani, governor Sarit Withun warned residents to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 containment practices as the lockdown in the province has been relaxed.

However, if lifting the alcohol sales ban pushes up infections, he warned he would ask the government to suspend sales again.

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Sandbar | 05 May 2020 - 14:00:44

Put a restrication on how much a person can buy. At the moment people are hoarding for fear the ban will be put in place again. If cattle have been denied water for a long time, they will stampede to the nearest water supply.

SEC2 | 05 May 2020 - 13:11:55

Sorry math was off.  Non-compliance for socially drinking after curfew was .00000184% out of 70 million people.   My apologies  for the rant, but this is getting ridiculous.  You can't keep threatening people without a good reason.  The reason people ran into the stores to hoard is that they don't believe what the government says.  It's very sad.  

SEC2 | 05 May 2020 - 12:48:19

Where am I, China?  Does the government really expect 100% compliancy?  70,000,000 Thais living in Thailand and 129 people get caught drinking socially, that is .00184% non-compliant.  When did liquor become a bargaining chip.  Why don't they take away the Sugar Drinks and cigarettes?  That would be more beneficial to the Thai people.  The government is taking away  people's rights slowly....

Fascinated | 05 May 2020 - 11:28:06

Quelle Suprise! Insp STILLdoesn;t get the reasoning behind the alcohol ban though.

Kurt | 05 May 2020 - 09:47:51

Thai Government should dare to be regimental about the law breakers, and treat them 'with full force of the law'.   Nonsense to 'punish' the normal rules obeying people and re-install alcohol ban because of a few hundred wrong doing people. All provinces should have skipped the ban at same time. Than the inter provincial alcohol trips not exist.  Think.

Nasa12 | 05 May 2020 - 09:25:06

Did anyone expect anything else? Take a look at Thai news on tv, a lot of domestic violence, murder, drunken driving, etc. After they opened for alcohol sales again sad sad sad.


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