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Kla Party calls to scrap ban on alcohol sales from 2-5pm

Kla Party calls to scrap ban on alcohol sales from 2-5pm

BANGKOK: The government should scrap the ban on alcohol sales from 2pm to 5pm to support the tourism recovery, says Atavit Suwannapakdee, secretary-general of the Kla Party.

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 19 June 2022, 09:00AM


A man has a drink outside parliament in Bangkok on Feb 9 during a rally held to demand legal amendments to make it easier for small-scale distillers and brewers to operate. A bill to that effect passed first reading in the House on June 8. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya / Bangkok Post

A man has a drink outside parliament in Bangkok on Feb 9 during a rally held to demand legal amendments to make it easier for small-scale distillers and brewers to operate. A bill to that effect passed first reading in the House on June 8. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya / Bangkok Post

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, which limits the hours when alcoholic beverages can be sold, needs to be revised as it remains an obstacle to tourism operators who have already been battered by the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Atavit said on Saturday (June 18) after attending a meeting of the Asia Pacific International Spirits and Wines Alliance (APISWA), reports Bangkok Post.

No other countries in Southeast Asia have laws restricting the hours of alcohol sales, he said.

“Thailand used to attract 40 million tourists a year, generating 3 trillion baht in revenue, but there has been a law prohibiting the sale of alcohol from 2pm to 5pm since 1972 for the outdated reason that drunk civil servants will not work productively,” said Mr Atavit.

Now that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has proposed allowing night entertainment venues to operate until 2am, starting July 1, the law governing alcohol sales needs to be revised to be in line with the current situation, he added.

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The Kla Party, led by former finance minister and longtime Democrat heavyweight Korn Chatikavanij, has been raising its profile in recent weeks, with members proposing various reforms, including legalising gambling to spur the economy.

Provisions that prohibit authorised sellers from selling alcoholic beverages between 2pm and 5pm will not stop people from buying alcohol, said Thanakorn Kuptajit, a former chairman of the Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association.

“Instead, the authorities should seriously enforce the law that prohibits selling alcoholic beverages to customers aged below 20 and revise the zoning requirement to sell alcoholic beverages, because this is no longer appropriate to the current situation,” Mr Thanakorn said.

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JohnC | 19 June 2022 - 09:36:32

Yes. It is a ridiculous law when you can buy alcohol at 11am in the morning but are banned from doing so for 3 hours in the mid afternoon. Besides, anyone can always buy it during that time because it is only the major retailers that actually follow the rules. Scrap this silly rule and move in to modern times.

 

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