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Longer drinking hours at eateries as COVID controls ease

Longer drinking hours at eateries as COVID controls ease

BANGKOK: Restaurants will be able to serve alcohol until midnight, instead of 11pm, from May 1, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration announced yesterday (Apr 22), as part of the relaxing of COVID-19 controls nationwide.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 23 April 2022, 08:26AM


Tourists relax in front of an eatery on Khao San Road, Bangkok, during Songkran last week. From May 1, alcohol can be served until midnight. Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool

Tourists relax in front of an eatery on Khao San Road, Bangkok, during Songkran last week. From May 1, alcohol can be served until midnight. Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool

Spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced the change after the CCSA meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House, reports the Bangkok Post.

He said the cut-off time for alcohol consumption at eateries and similar establishments that met disease control standards would be moved from 11pm to midnight nationwide.

This would go hand in hand with the CCSA’s decision to redesignate COVID-19 control (orange) zones in 18 provinces as surveillance (yellow) zones from May 1.

The number of yellow zones would then rise from 47 provinces to 65 provinces.

CCSA also resolved to increase the number of tourism pilot (blue) zones from 10 provinces to 12 provinces, with Songkhla in the South and Rayong in the East, formerly orange zones, to be newly included.

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The 10 other tourism pilot provinces are Bangkok, Krabi, Kanchanaburi, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phangnga, Phetchaburi and Phuket. Other provinces will be yellow zones from May 1 on.

Yellow zones limit the number of participants in an activity at 1,000 while blue zones have no restrictions for business and activities.

However, entertainment venues such as pubs, bars and karaoke shops will still be barred from reopening unless they are modified to operate as eateries.

The CCSA also reduced home quarantine for COVID-19 cases and people in close contact with them from seven days to five days, followed by five days for self-health observation and distancing from others.

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Kurt | 24 April 2022 - 11:44:54

Great that Covid Virus + variants informed Officialdom that it starts 'working' just at midnight. This whole time setting has nothing to do with Covid-19 any longer. It is just pathetic power play gaming of Officials, trying to be someone they in real aren't. There is a unhealthy 'control fascination' with officials. Keeping their 'brothers and sisters in poverty situation....

Kurt | 24 April 2022 - 10:36:13

'Modified as restaurants/eateries'. Still going on with that bureaucratic nonsense, only in Thailand? Laughable idiotism. ( Just on paper.) How much the bar entrepeneur has to pay for 'license modification'?

CaptainJack69 | 23 April 2022 - 12:21:22

Wow, a 1 hour push back. Thankyou soooooo much, this will change eeeeeverything.

JohnC | 23 April 2022 - 09:03:16

Perfect! Just in time for the monsoon season. LOL

 

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