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Phuket alcohol hours revised

PHUKET: The hours that restaurants and other “eateries” across Phuket will be allowed to serve alcohol has been revised, and no longer allows alcohol to be served throughout the mid-afternoon.

By The Phuket News

Monday 15 November 2021, 05:48PM

The notice posted by Phuket officials earlier today (Nov 15). Image: Phuket Info Center

The notice posted by Phuket officials earlier today (Nov 15). Image: Phuket Info Center

Under the new order, restaurants and other “eateries” ‒ that is, any venue with a permit to serve food ‒ may serve alcohol from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 11pm only, starting tomorrow (Nov 16).

The new rules, signed into effect by order of Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew, were announced in Phuket Provincial Order No. 7188/2554, posted online earlier today (Nov 15).

The new order revised the previous standing order on the regulation of establishments and venues regarding the prevention of COVID-19.

The new order is marked to come into effect on Nov 16, and hence comes into effect at midnight tonight.

Of note, when Governor Narong in September requested that venues in Phuket be allowed to serve alcohol in order to serve tourists, he asked for venues to be allowed to serve alcohol from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 10pm.

However, once approved, the initial order that allowed alcohol to be served by restaurants in Phuket stipulated only that alcohol may be served until 10pm. The order did not mandate at which time the serving of alcohol may commence.


The Phuket News has been unable to find in any subsequent provincial order a mandated time that restaurants may start serving alcohol, despite the time for serving alcohol later being extended to 11pm.

Phuket officials have yet to explain why the new rules were brought into effect.

Under the new order, service places such as entertainment venues, pubs, bars, karaoke venues, cockfighting stadiums, fish fighting arenas, boxing stadiums and gambling venues are all to remain closed.

However, the maximum number of attendees at major public events has now been lifted. The number of people allowed to attend a public event is now unlimited, but the event must still comply with “COVID Free Setting” requirements, notably ensuring one square metre of space per attendee, the order said.

The same requirement applies to flea markets, bazaars and walking street markets, the order added.

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Kurt | 16 November 2021 - 13:51:08

Lets make a short cut. It's very simple. All what Government orders time after time when it comes to 'alcohol' is a waist of time. Nobody cares about. Alcohol always all over. Beginning with the Mom & Pop shops. Making a living comes first, no 'Ofiicial' can beat that with nonsense orders. It just undermines their authority.

Kazumi | 16 November 2021 - 11:00:09

Is this article correct?
If you rewrite the article, you should write it down.

Taswegian | 16 November 2021 - 10:20:40

Must be about time we heard from Lelecuneo again! Where has he gone?

JohnC | 16 November 2021 - 10:11:53

Tourists wanting to come here for the nightlife are going to be bitterly disappointed to find they can't drink alcohol after 11pm. What a joke. Not surprising if they choose to go elsewhere.

jamstock | 16 November 2021 - 09:52:50

They love their rules

JSombra | 16 November 2021 - 03:09:03

'gambling venues are all to remain closed.'

555, yeah sure venues that are basically illegal  always are going to care about closure  orders  

Manneken pis | 16 November 2021 - 00:36:09

I believe it has been revised to comply with the law. It has been illegal for years to serve alcohol between 2 and 5

Fascinated | 15 November 2021 - 19:03:03

It just goes from bad to worse- these Muppets are killing any green shoots of recovery. And no, I'm NOT an afternoon drinker. Who in their right mind needs beer before 12 either?

maverick | 15 November 2021 - 18:18:30

More silliness best way to concentrate more people in the one place at the same time is reduce hours, especially in the afternoon - everyone will rock up at the same time - where do they get their advice . More opportunity for cops to solicit tea money 


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